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Updated on December 17, 2012
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Justin W. Price 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:
Côte d'Ivoire

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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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