Pictures of Blood Diamonds, Who is Hurt, Where It’s Happening, and What Can be Done
“ Conflict diamonds, sometimes called blood diamonds, are diamonds that are sold to fund the unlawful and illegal operations of rebel, military and terrorist groups.” http://www.amnestyusa.org
Where is it happening? Blood Diamonds are being produced in many areas such as Ghana and Mali
Quick facts on Ghana <ul><li>24,339,838 people live in Ghana. </li></ul><ul><li>There are 270,993 men in the army and 263,961 women. </li></ul><ul><li>Ghana was the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to achieve independence from colonial domination in 1957. </li></ul><ul><li>The government type is a constitutional democracy. </li></ul>
Economy of Ghana <ul><li>50% of GDP. Gold and cocoa production and individual remittances are major sources of foreign exchange. Oil production at Ghana's offshore Jubilee field began in mid-December and is expected to boost economic growth. </li></ul>
Quick Facts on Mali <ul><li>13,796,354 is the population of Mali. </li></ul><ul><li>The government type of Mali is a republic. </li></ul><ul><li>Age structure </li></ul><ul><li>0-14 years: 47.1% </li></ul><ul><li>15-64 years: 49.9% 65 years and over: 3% </li></ul>
No one should be harmed in the manufacturing and collection of diamonds
“ rebels grossly abuse human rights, often murdering and enslaving the local populations to mine the diamonds” http://www.stopblooddiamonds.org/
What Can We Do? <ul><li>Get Educated about Blood Diamonds and actions such as The Kimberly Process </li></ul><ul><li>The Kimberly Process was established in 2002 to stop the flow of conflict diamonds </li></ul><ul><li>Learn from and Support Websites such as: http://www.stopblooddiamonds.org and http://www.un.org/peace </li></ul><ul><li>Create a website to promote knowledge about blood diamonds </li></ul>
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