When Ignorance Isn’t Bliss: The Truth About the Diamond Industry | Mountain Republic

But this is the outstretched hand of a villager in a remote area in West Africa. He also has all his friends and family nearby as the anxiously wait. However, it is not to put a ring on his finger; instead combatant rebels are about to amputate his hand to ensure the man is not allowed to vote or be involved in politics as well as a means of spreading fear to the village to comply to the local rebel militia operating the diamond mine.In a different Southern Africa town, a 14-year-old girl knocks on the door of civilians home before pulling out a gun and a group rebels raid the home. They steal everything valuable, including abducting the woman’s child and executing her in front of their mother.In Central Africa, another 15-year-old girl has been living in a pit in the ground in which she is brought up each day only to be raped by a combatant. She becomes pregnant but still endures daily sexual abuse before being dropped back in her hole in the ground living next to the corpse of her best friend who was killed three weeks prior.All these stories are the result of the illicit diamond trade. The sale of diamonds from these rebel groups funded civil wars in a number of African nations by exchanging diamonds for weapons. As these horrendous acts were carried out for decades, the West turned a blind eye to the blood diamonds they were flossing on their fingers and showing off to their friends and family.

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