By Greg Campbell
Blood Diamonds is the gripping story of ways diamond smuggling works, how the insurgent struggle has successfully destroyed Sierra Leone and its humans, and the way the guidelines of the diamonds industryinstitutionalized within the Eighteen Eighties by way of the De Beers cartelhave allowed it to occur. Award-winning journalist Greg Campbell strains the lethal path of those diamonds, lots of that are delivered to the area marketplace via fanatical enemies. those repercussions of diamond smuggling are felt a ways past the borders of the negative and war-ridden state of Sierra Leone, and the implications of overlooking this African tragedy are either shockingly lethal and definitely global.
In this newly revised and multiplied version, investigative journalist Greg Campbell returns to West Africa ten years later to bare how regardless of frequent publicity to the corruption and greed of the diamond exchange, it keeps unabated because the area struggles politically, ecologically, and economically.
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The hand came off with one clean chop, a blessing considering many such crude amputations required more than a dozen blows to sever a limb. He saw his hand bounce off the edge of the stump, gleaming white ulna bone seeing the sun for the first time. The rebels obviously also chopped off his other hand, but Dalramy doesn’t remember it. His next recollection is of seeing dirt next to his eyes and hearing the dull arrhythmic sound of ax blows through the screams of the victims who were lined up behind him, a sickening, unsteady metronome of blinding terror.
Towns within that area—Kenema, Yengema, Koidu, Tongo Field, and Bo—would be transformed within two decades from sleepy bush villages in the middle of a rain forest that few people would ever care to visit to centers of violent intrigue and international commerce, both legal and illegal. On that day in 1930, Sierra Leone officially became diamondiferous, a designation that has always been both a blessing and a curse for any nation with a similar geology; the promise of vast wealth invariably invites chaos.
I knew little more than what I was told by television commercials, that diamonds were apparently forever, that they were rare, and that many of them were priceless. But since 1999, reports had been circulating that some diamonds weren’t as pure as their reputation proclaimed. The term “conflict diamonds” was bandied about and it gradually became known that some stones carried the blood of innocent victims, killed or mutilated by rebel groups in Africa who used the profits of diamond sales to continue their campaigns of brutality and inhumanity.