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Facts About Blood Diamonds

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Find Out More About Blood Diamonds And How To Avoid Buying One
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Straight facts and a few links about blood diamonds. Article helps to explain why diamonds were central to the civil war in Sierra Leone.

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Tyerenei Davenport's comment, September 4, 2013 12:01 PM
Diamonds are normally a girls bestfriend but they are way more important than you think or would ever know. Blood diamonds are mined in a war zone and sold in order to finance invading army's war efforts. In 2001, the diamond industry produced rough diamonds with a market value of 7.9 billion, when the diamond chain was converted to jewelry worth it was 54.1 billion. A few central countries are affected by this. I didnt know diamonds were that serious but in other parts of the world they are.
Chelsea Casey's comment, September 6, 2013 12:01 PM
Diamonds are not worth the blood shed over them. Conflict diamonds are mined in a war zone and sold. in 2001 the diamond indusrty produced rough diamonds with a market value of $7.9 billion , when the diamond chain was converted to jewelry worth it was 54.1 billion. to me its all greed, after you've bought these conflict diamonds the only thing you can do is flaunt them. They're worthless and filled with shame.
Justice Carter's comment, September 10, 2013 11:42 AM
Yes Tye Diamonds are my best friend ! You have a good point. Diamonds are way bigger than just us trying to look fancy, people are being treated bad just for one necklace that we would consider beautiful. We don't know the half until we heard or seen the struggle and stories about how these diamonds got to us and who made it possible.
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Sierra Leone's Diamonds Still A Source Of Contention : NPR

Sierra Leone's Diamonds Still A Source Of Contention : NPR | Child Soldiers | Scoop.it
Blood diamonds, as they were once known, helped fuel atrocities in both Sierra Leone and neighboring Liberia. While no longer termed "conflict diamonds," they remain a divisive issue for the small West African nation.
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After reading or listening to the story, check the comments at the bottom. Fuel for thought!

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Raven Hawkins's comment, September 4, 2013 11:31 AM
Miners have to work very hard and get only have of what they find. They make no money at all. What is $1.25 going to do for their families? People in Sierra Leone have to work as a miner if they are taken by the rebels and have to survive and support their family for basically nothing. Mohammad Challey gets 1,000 leones a day which totals out to be only 25 cents.
Deshunai Barlowe's comment, September 9, 2013 12:00 PM
@ravenhawkins whats the purpose of minoring working hard for their masters. if they call themselves showing examples for the kids why cant they do there dirty work themselves?
Teneishia Gentry's comment, September 12, 2013 9:44 AM
"This diamond, he reckons, will get him 100,000 leones — around $20. Depending on the carat and clarity, it could fetch upward of $2,000 at a jewelry store in the U.S" whats was the purpose of them minoring working hard if they not getting none of the diamonds or money for hard work they are putting in !
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Ex-child-soldier: 'Shooting became just like drinking a glass of water'

Ex-child-soldier: 'Shooting became just like drinking a glass of water' | Child Soldiers | Scoop.it
As a teenager in war-ravaged Sierra Leone, Ishmael Beah was brainwashed, drugged and forced to kill. Now he works to rehabilitate child soldiers.
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This is the author of the memoir we read called "A Long Way Gone."

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Chelsea Casey's comment, September 6, 2013 12:04 PM
Its truly sad what this man had to go through. No child should have to go through so many tragedies, being forced to kill and do drugs is not right. Anyone who could be okay with this is cruel.
Yajiara Bra'Chel Roberson's comment, September 10, 2013 11:48 AM
I agree with you Chelsea. No child should be forced to commit any crimes involving them killing anyone or anything. Its bad enough that they are at war at the young age that they are. It is a tradegy. All together its just not fair for that child to live with what he/she has done although they were forced.
Justice Carter's comment, September 10, 2013 11:49 AM
Julian I some what agree with you , we don't force children to use guns in America its a choice made by influence and thought. we don't threaten children's lives or families if they refuse to shoot we don't even give them the option. I will say a lot of things around children may be the reason or cause but mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters and etc is not the cause of why children pick up guns and shoot. Koni was forcing the children to be a new person and live a new life as a child soldier and shoot guns , kill people, kill their families, etc. it may seem like the same to you but If u really think about it , it is far from being the same.
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Blood Diamonds - Sierra Leone - Worldpress.org

Blood Diamonds - Sierra Leone - Worldpress.org | Child Soldiers | Scoop.it
The most worrying aspect of the war in Sierra Leone is the international community’s belated response.
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This article states many facts about the civil war in Sierra Leone, but watch out for some opinion from the author. Even though it contains some bias, it is worth reading for background information on the war.

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Emmai Brown's comment, September 6, 2013 7:41 AM
It made no sense to cut off a persons arm if they didn't support the LRA but they also did it for political reasons. Which make me think that they want money and power out of this sick and twisted act of rebellion. If that's the case why not go after the government?
Deshunai Barlowe's comment, September 9, 2013 11:58 AM
People smuggling diamonds is a dangerous to job and people who are anxious to find them also lose there lives. People in amerca rarely hear about the wars that happen in these places. In 2003 the sierra Leone indicated serval of those involved in the civil war crimes and against humanity. The rebels believe that he who finds the diamond will have great things in life to change there style of living for his or her family. It is wrong that people use others for revenge and there own bad doings. In 2002 there was a man peacemaking force to supervise disarmament and to uphold the provisions of the Lome' agreement. Why must the children suffer why do the families have to split up, whats the purpose for training young boys to do wrong what ever happened to good in the world.
Yajiara Bra'Chel Roberson's comment, September 10, 2013 11:45 AM
I agree with alle'Yah I dont really understand that concept. Why cut off someones arms and hands and you need them to do your dirty work.
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Sierra Leone's civil war survivor creates 'perfect fit' bionic limbs

Sierra Leone's civil war survivor creates 'perfect fit' bionic limbs | Child Soldiers | Scoop.it

Seeing people have their limbs cut off in Sierra Leone's civil war inspired David Sengeh to create incredible bionic limbs to help amputees the world over.


Via Luca Baptista
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Unbelievably inspirational! Of all the negativity caused by the civil war in Sierra Leone, this young man shows us how to make a positive contribution.

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Gianni Cook's comment, September 4, 2013 11:30 AM
This man is an inspiration. He took the traumatic events from his upbringing and trasferred it to something productive. What's even more remarkable is that he didn't forget where he came from. Going to Norway and Harvard and MIT didn't make him forget his roots. His mission is to help those that suffered at the hands of the RUF. Not only does this man help, he encourages and invites other Africans to better their's and their peers lives by introducing them to a solid western education. THe world needs more people like David.
Taylor M's comment, September 4, 2013 11:39 AM
this is really great for the the people who have lost their limbs from attacks in africa
Anna Russell's comment, September 4, 2013 11:42 AM
The use of an MRI scan was a great idea, since MRI's don't just scan bones, but flesh and muscles as well. I like his ideas for finding and working with other promising inventors to help people. "The creative thinking, the ability to dare to dream, and take the risk to develop a prototype. Those are what's instrumental. Those are what's needed to develop products that will change the world. That's what changes a country" (David Sengeh).
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For women In Sierra Leone, another kind of civil war

For women In Sierra Leone, another kind of civil war | Child Soldiers | Scoop.it
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Tears stream down Fatmata's face as she shuffles into the police station courtyard, alone and doubled over in pain after being held down and beaten with a stick.
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Women's rights in Sierra Leone are next to non-existent.

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Slim Longjohns's comment, September 4, 2013 12:11 PM
To be truly happy is knowing you can provide for yourself, With that being said, the environment that the women of Siera Leone live in isn't so peaceful, Certain thought patterns can be passed down through observation. being around this type of sad and poverty energy is not healthy for growth and sustaining life a positive way.
Alle'Yah Edream G.Foster's comment, September 4, 2013 9:55 PM
Women are objectified in every country in some kind of way but what threw my focus was that it is against the law to refuse sex to your husband. I dont understand why on earth a man would want his brother's wife if his his brother passes away. speaking as a female i strongly disagree with the laws and social norms in which they believe. I dont understand how anyone could agree to laws like that in the first place.
Julian Askew's comment, September 6, 2013 12:46 AM
The idea of a family has been destroyed over the years. If we look back to slave times many men beat there wives and they where in America. Its not just African, its whites, Hispanics, Asians all of us. We all know that women came from the man it says it in the bible. So even if you think its okay to hit a girl you. You better hit your self too because that women is a part of you.