By Greg Campbell

First came upon in 1930, the diamonds of Sierra Leone have funded probably the most savage insurgent campaigns in glossy background. those “blood diamonds” are smuggled out of West Africa and bought to valid diamond retailers in London, Antwerp, and manhattan, usually with the complicity of the overseas diamond undefined. ultimately, those very diamonds locate their means into the jewelry and necklaces and brides and spouses the area over.

Blood Diamonds is the gripping story of the way diamond smuggling works, how the insurgent battle has successfully destroyed Sierra Leone and its humans, and the way the regulations of the diamonds industry—institutionalized within the Eighties by means of the De Beers cartel—have allowed it to ensue. Award-winning journalist Greg Campbell lines the lethal path of those diamonds, lots of that are delivered to the realm industry by way of fanatical enemies. those repercussions of diamond smuggling are felt a ways past the borders of the bad and war-ridden state of Sierra Leone, and the results of overlooking this African tragedy are either shockingly lethal and surely global.

In this newly revised and extended version, investigative journalist Greg Campbell returns to West Africa ten years later to bare how regardless of common publicity to the corruption and greed of the diamond alternate, it keeps unabated because the area struggles politically, ecologically, and economically.

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D. Pollett made a discovery in 1930 similar to ours. 1 Pollett estimated that the diamond field he discovered extended over an area of perhaps 3,000 square miles, bounded on the west by the Sewa River and extending east into Liberia. 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.

Though he didn’t know it at the time, Dalramy was a victim of Operation Clean Sweep, a plan to exert brutal dominion over the Kono region, a district that included Koidu. RUF soldiers cut a bloody swath through the forest, murdering and mutilating anyone in the way, all so they could control the millions of dollars waiting to be mined from the diamond fields; it was the only thing the RUF has ever wanted—gems to sell for guns and retirement funds. Like the others who stayed in their cinder block and zinc-roofed homes, Dalramy thought the RUF would be content to occupy the town, using its menacing presence to keep both government soldiers and the Kamajor fighters at bay.

Even the least muscular man washing gravel is rippled with perfectly defined muscles, sculpted from years of prospecting. Their motions are fluid and robotic: twirl, twirl, twirl, scoop, sift, dump, over and over and over. Watching them work, it astounded me how they ever found a single diamond, but their eyes were so attuned to picking out the stones—and there was a never-ending supply of gravel to be washed—that there was no hesitation or concern that diamonds were being overlooked. When a diamond is actually discovered, there’s hardly the celebration one might expect.

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