Who suffers from conflict diamonds?

Which countries had conflicts over blood diamonds?

Diamonds have funded brutal wars in countries such as Angola, Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, resulting in the death and displacement of millions of people. There is a reason they are dubbed ‘Blood Diamonds’.

What causes conflict diamonds?

The United Nations defines conflict diamonds as “… diamonds that originate from areas controlled by forces or factions opposed to legitimate and internationally recognized governments, and are used to fund military action in opposition to those governments, or in contravention of the decisions of the Security Council.”

Why are so many diamonds found in Africa?

Diamonds in Africa were formed somewhere between 600 million and 3 billion years ago when titanic-force pressure and heat caused carbon 1,200 miles (1,931 km) below the Earth’s surface to crystallize. As recently as a million years ago, erupting molten rock brought the diamonds closer to the Earth’s surface.

Why did the rebels want diamonds?

On the contrary, regions of the world plagued by civil unrest and war have often used this resource to fund destructive endeavors. In particular, diamonds in West Africa have been used for the last 30 or so years to fund rebel groups and their desire to take control of their nations by violence and intimidation.

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Can you buy conflict diamonds?

Conflict-Free vs.

Most jewelers offer conflict-free diamonds, because many countries, including the United States, make it illegal to sell and trade conflict diamonds. Certain jewelers, however, take their efforts further to ensure that a diamond is mined and shipped ethically.

Are conflict diamonds still an issue?

Last fall, the United States government recognized issues with conflict diamonds and minerals and banned the importing of diamonds from Marange, Zimbabwe because they were “produced, in whole or in part, using forced labor.”