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Updated on December 17, 2012
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Justin W. Price, AKA PDXKaraokeGuy, is a freelance writer, blogger, and award-nominated author based out of Juneau, Alaska.




Common Conflict Diamond Route.

Conflict diamonds are harvested, almost exclusively by slaves, in Sierra Leone (and also Angola and the Ivory Coast, but to a smaller extent), and shipped to Liberia (which has no diamonds except those which are smuggled in) and then sold as "Conflict Free" to consumers world wide.

Liberia is marked as Point A on the map


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Sierra Leone:
Sierra Leone

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Ivory Coast:
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I Hope your diamonds were worth it!
I Hope your diamonds were worth it! | Source

Nice Rock!

Hey, that's a nice rock on your finger!

How many boys did you you kidnap,

trap in nets like animals

or, perhaps, drag off in a sack,

to get that rock on your finger?

Hey, that's a nice rock on your neck!

What was the name of the guy that you killed,

With gun, perhaps, or blade

because he refused to work the fields

to get that rock to your neck?

Hey, that's a nice rock in your ear!

How many weapon's did you buy,

to destroy the warlord's enemies

who forces them to submit or die

so they can hurry and get that ring on your ear?

Hey, that's a nice rock on your wrist!

How many are now missing theirs,

because you wanted to look pretty

with a shiny dress and perfect hair

and a nice rock on your wrist?

That's a nice rock.

really. It is.

all rights reserved. Copyright Justin W. Price, November 9th 2011.

Facts about Blood/conflict Diamonds:

  • Conflict diamonds have been used by rebel groups to fund conflicts in Africa, resulting in the brutal deaths and displacement of millions of people
  • After seizing control of the diamond mines to deter locals from supporting the government, conflict diamonds lead the rebel group Revolutionary United Front (RUF) to chop off body parts (see image above) of numerous innocent men, women, and children in Sierra Leone between 1991 to 2002.
  • terrorist groups, including Al-Qaeda, use conflict diamonds to fund their terrorist activities and propaganda programs.
  • In countries like Angola, Sierra Leone, the DRC, Liberia, and the Ivory Coast, wars funded by conflict diamonds have killed over 4 million people, destroyed countries, and displaced millions more.

Excellent sources on the Conflict Diamond Trade

In Conclusion

Despite the Kimberly Process Certification Scheme, and what the multi billion dollar diamond industry tells you, you cannot know for sure that the diamond on your finger didn't get there because of someone else's blood. Avoid them. It's the only way to know for sure that your shiny rock isn't funding wars, displacing families, and killing millions.


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    • PDXKaraokeGuy profile imageAUTHOR

      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      you're welcome, sunny day, and I couldn't agree more! Thanks for reading and understanding this all important issue!

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      Sunnie Day 

      6 years ago

      Thank you PDX..for bringing this to our attention. Sometimes we forget the material things we love and own are at at the expense of others lives..One look at that little precious face and it goes straight to my heart. Thank you again,


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      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Thanks Goego. I appreciate it!

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      6 years ago from Loserland

      sounds like you have a manic tangent, nice work

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      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska


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      Jenna Ditsch 

      6 years ago from Illinois

      Thank you for using your hands to type this for the ones that can't. Powerful--voted up.

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      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      audrey, you are quite welcome

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      Audrey Howitt 

      6 years ago from California

      Blood diamonds indeed--thank you for raising this issue here and reminding me!!

    • PDXKaraokeGuy profile imageAUTHOR

      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      sunshine, thanks. I never understood the point of diamonds. They're just shiny rocks. Also, they are not as rare as people think. they have just been held back from production in order to increase the value.

      hillbilly zen, thanks very much. I'd be happy to see the diamond industry held accountable for their crimes against humanity.

      rasta, that's very true and very sad.

      dewette, please share away. this is an important message and it please me to hear you say that. Even diamonds that are mined legally in Sierra Leone are lined by workers who work seven days a day from dawn to dusk for 50 cents and two cups of rice a day. it's a nasty trade. One of the links I have is for a book called "Blood Diamonds" by Greg Campbell. Buy it and read it! Thanks for stopping by and thanks for sharing!

    • Dewette profile image


      6 years ago from NV

      Wow. I had no idea. I`d heard a little bit about this a few years back but it had nowhere near the impact on me that this did. I can honestly say, I will never buy another diamond and I`m sharing this with everyone I know. Hope you don`t mind.

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      Marvin Parke 

      6 years ago from Jamaica

      diamonds are pretty common in west Africa. The peoples hands are chopped off to stop people from picking them up, if they see one by the roadside or river side.

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      Hillbilly Zen 

      6 years ago from Kentucky

      Great Hub, Mr. PDX. Voted up, useful and interesting. If more people knew about "nice rocks", perhaps there'd be less customers. Thanks for posting this.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Diamonds are supposed to be a girls best friend...guess that statement isn't that accurate! Thanks for sharing this hub PDX!

    • PDXKaraokeGuy profile imageAUTHOR

      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Mary, thank you. it's a very important issue that SHOULD be addressed. Thanks for the read and the votes!

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      This was a very enlightening Hub. Thanks for bringing this subject to our attention. I voted it UP, etc.

    • PDXKaraokeGuy profile imageAUTHOR

      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      racin- thank u for stopping by and reading.

      Sue, i couldn't agree with you more!

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      6 years ago

      So sad!

      Diamonds should be boycotted.

    • raciniwa profile image


      6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      i was thinking about what rock is nice...and yes you had me there...a paradox of life...

    • PDXKaraokeGuy profile imageAUTHOR

      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Chris, thank you. it's a very important topic as well. i find it interesting that below my hub is advertising for diamond stores. Thank you for stopping by! Your feedback and support is appreciated.

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      6 years ago from Los Angeles, California, USA

      Thought provoking! Good topic.

    • PDXKaraokeGuy profile imageAUTHOR

      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Uban. i agree. That is what's needed. Sadly, human beings are vain and selfish so it won't happen.

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 

      6 years ago from Lagos

      Quite interesting, touching and true. The only remedy is not to buy diamonds. But that is a far cry. Thanks

    • PDXKaraokeGuy profile imageAUTHOR

      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Debby- you're probly right. there probly are some rocks that have been mined in a humane manner, but you're risking a lot with diamonds. Rubies and emeralds are prettier anyway. I also like opals. Thanks for reading.

      Andrea- thanks for reading. Dripping sarcasm indeed. but also very serious subject matter that I'm happy to draw attention too. Sometimes the best issues are brought to light via satire and sarcasm, i.e. Jonathan Swift and his "Modest Proposal".If you haven't read it you should.

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      6 years ago

      One of my favorites of yours PDX even though it is painful to read; yet I actually find myself reading your words out loud, trying to imagine the dripping sarcasm I would hear in your voice if you were reading them. Thank you for caring and bringing attention to this is travesty. I appreciate your voice and what you have to say...the words you choose to say them.

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      Debby Bruck 

      6 years ago

      Dear Justin ~ This powerful statement can shock and surprise those unaware of how the diamonds arrive at the jewelry stores. There must be some 'rocks' that have been mined in a human way, but mostly through slavery. Alternatives may be purchasing antiques already in circulation, cubic zirconium a synthetic gem look-alike, or even a completely different stone in place of the diamond. Good hub! Blessings to you, Debby

    • PDXKaraokeGuy profile imageAUTHOR

      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      @ Jean. Thanks for stopping by. I agree. Let's make it happen!

      @ Always- I'm glad. Sometimes we need to see the faces of the one's our choices affect.

      @ Happy- they'll tell u you can know, but really, you can't. The system is flawed. you're better off not buying a diamond at all.

      @ Chatkath- thank you. I agree. trying to draw awareness to the issue. I'm also tired of seeing those ugly rocks on people.

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      6 years ago from California

      It is definitely difficult to come to terms with the fact that this kind of treatment still occurs in our world, and don't we feel so powerless to do anything about it! So we forget, distracted in our own chaos.

      Writing about it, reading about, talking about it, however unpleasant, institutes awareness which is the first step towards change! Thank you for sharing this pdx! I will do the same!

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      6 years ago from South Carolina

      It's good that you gave the warning. On a personal basis I don't have anything to worry about as I never even had a diamond engagement ring and don't own any other diamonds. I didn't realize however, that if one did buy any diamonds, they couldn't be sure where it came from even if it was certified.

      Voted up and useful.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      OMG, This is a shocker and so damn true. Greed is so rampant around this world, makes me sick. That picture speaks to my heart..

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      Jean Bakula 

      6 years ago from New Jersey

      I never wanted a diamond for that reason. Thanks for bringing it out into the open. So many women want a diamond they don't care how many people are exploited or died so they could have it. A copy of Blood Diamond should come with every diamond ring.

    • PDXKaraokeGuy profile imageAUTHOR

      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      @ Hattie, thanks for your comment, Sad indeed

      @ Sub. Man kind if rule and his heart is dark. The almighty dollar is what's important, apparently.

      @ Frank- thanks for visiting. hard pill indeed, but hard pills usually do the most good.

      @ Eidwwen- Thanks. I usually write free form but I wanted this poem to have a form so it would stick in your head better. it's too important not to be known!

      @ Gypsy: that's good. My wife and I just got plain silver bands because we didn't even want the illusion of diamonds on our hands.

      @ Amy- thanks. Indeed it's hard to hear things sometimes, but that's why we need to hear it. I found much more graphic images during my google search for photos, but I think the one I posted is plenty effective!

      Thanks for all the reads and comments!

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      Amy Becherer 

      6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Powerful words with a photo that hits hard. Personally, as I watch the news everyday, I always cry. Greed leaves so many victims. Like recently deceased 60-Minutes, Andy Rooney said "Dogs are so much nicer than people".

      I continue to see that people who are able to turn away from powerful messages, like yours, are too blinded by the Almighty dollar to accept responsibility or grieve for the misery they inflict on innocents. I hope my perceptions are wrong.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      I couldn't possibly look a diamond in the face ever again. However it's just as well my jewelry consists of zirconia. Thank heavens! That was one powerful hub.

    • Eiddwen profile image


      6 years ago from Wales

      So very sad

      so very true

      and so very well written.

      You have said so much in a few words.

      A great poem.

      Take care and have a great day.


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      Frank Atanacio 

      6 years ago from Shelton

      Very well done-- it was a hard pill.. but up and awesome

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      James W. Nelson 

      6 years ago from eastern North Dakota

      Just one more way for man to brutalize man. Good hub, KaraokieGuy

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      6 years ago from Limburg, Netherlands

      Just think this happens in streets in America! :(

    • HattieMattieMae profile image


      6 years ago from Limburg, Netherlands

      Ha Ha yes, I wondered this as walked through college hallways always wondering how come they looked so beautiful and much exactly did this cost some one else emotionally, physically, or spiritually! :)


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