Why Are Blood Diamonds Important?<br /><ul><li>Blood diamonds wasn’t a recognized issue; not many people knew that this was going on in Africa.
People throughout the world were purchasing blood diamonds and didn’t even know it.
Blood diamonds affected other countries around the world other then Africa itself.</li></li></ul><li>What Are Blood Diamonds?<br />Also known as “Conflict Diamonds”<br />Blood diamonds are illegally traded to fund conflicts in war zones in central and western Africa (Diamondfacts).<br />Normally obtained funds to provide militaries with food, clothing, transportation, and weapons (Collins).<br />
Thesis<br />This issue indeed provoked hostility around the western and central parts of Africa. As a result, blood diamonds caused unimaginable problems in Africa such as<br /><ul><li> child slavery
destroying international diamond industries.</li></li></ul><li>Children And Blood Diamonds<br /><ul><li>Children are put to work in dirty fields for little to no pay (Diamondfacts).
Children are exposed to unsanitary conditions where they can acquire different diseases such as malaria and cholera (Collins).
Minors who fail to obey orders are shot on the spot or their limbs amputated (Magallanes).</li></li></ul><li>Uncivilized Communities and Blood Diamonds<br /><ul><li>Controversies of blood diamonds resulted from a Civil War in Africa.
Four million people have been killed (Steward).
December 2006, Blood Diamond movies premeired in theaters which increased awareness of the uncivilized communities.</li></li></ul><li>The Beginning <br /><ul><li>Started in March 1991.
A rebel group known as Revolutionary United Front (RUF) attacked the central government of Sierra Leone.
They launched rebellions to overthrow the one-party rule (Retemiah).
Used violence to gain access to diamonds and mineral wealth.</li></li></ul><li>How Are Diamond Industries Affected?<br /><ul><li>Kimberley Process Certification System is introduced.
The US provides technical help to upgrade internal controls on the diamond sectors in Sierra Leone and has spent $7.6 million since 1999 (Fisher-Thompson).</li></li></ul><li>Conclusion<br />The blood diamond trade had no benefit for its purpose it only resulted in child slavery, uncivilized communities, and destroying international diamond industries.<br />People did not realize the dangers of blood diamonds and the effects nationwide.<br />Public awareness finally was captured by releasing Blood Diamond the movie.<br />The issue wasn’t stopped immediately but helpful laws (Kimberley Process) made it a step closer to stop the blood diamond trade.<br />
Citations<br /><ul><li>Collins, Charlene. "Conflict Diamonds the Diamonds of War and Poverty." Fact Oidz. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Nov 2010. <http://factoidz.com/conflict-diamonds-the-diamonds-of-war-and-poverty/>.
Diamond Facts n. pag. Web. 18 Dec 2010. <http://www.diamondfacts.org>.
Fisher-Thompson, Jim. "Multination Effort Credited with Curbing "Blood Diamond" Trade." America. N.p., 07 Dec 2006. Web. 18 Dec 2010. <http://www.america.gov/st/washfile-english/2006/December/20061207185134liameruoy0.8196375.html>.
Magallanes, Rina. “History of Blood Diamonds.” Suit101. N.p., 05 Dec 2009. Web. 18 Dec 2010. <http://www.suite101.com/content/history-of-blood-diamonds-a176143>.
Retemiah, Eboni. “Blood Diamonds.” HIS Child Slave Labor. N.p., March 2010. Web. 15 Nov 2010. <http://ihscslnews.org/view_article.php?id=283>.
Steward, Summer. “Conflict Diamonds; Blood Diamonds and the Kimberley Process.” Hubpages. N.p., Web. 18 Dec 2010. http://hubpages.com/hub/Are-Diamonds-Really-A-Girls-Best-Friend.</li>