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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 what is a blood diamond They are mined and sold by rebel armies largely to finance the purchase of arms, arms that will be used in the attempted toppling of legitimate, internationally recognized governments. Mass murder, amputation, and the use of child soldiers are an all too common part of the process. Rough, unfinished diamonds hold many lucrative advantages for these armed insurgents: they are difficult to trace, easy to transport, and are accorded great value all over the world. Farmers are taken from their land and forced to work as prisoner-labourers in the open pits, being shot on the spot for such crimes as disobedience and under productivity. More than 1500 of the miners in Sierra Leone's Kona region were children, who could just as easily ganged, and holding a diamond bought AK-47, an underaged combatant in a conflict they could have little understanding of. they are called blooddiamonds or conflict diamondsthey can come from angols, sierra leone, cote d'ivorie,liberia,or the congo. Percent of total world diamond production that are conflict diamonds 4% Total number of deaths attributed to conflict diamond mining 3 millions Average daily pay for a conflict diamond worker $0.07 Countries with the Highest Production of Conflict Diamonds Angola 2.1 %Sierra Leone 1 %Democratic Republic of Congo 0.5% : Diamond revenues enable every child in Botswana to receive free education up to the age of 13 An estimated 10 million people globally are directly or indirectly supported by the diamond industry. An estimated 65% of the world's diamonds come from African Approximately $8.5 billion worth of diamonds a year come from African countries.countries. diamond facts The blood diamond projectby: abrielharris
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