Monday, February 7, 2011

Blood Diamond Trade

Diamonds aren’t forever!

Don’t be amazed, you read it right.

Diamonds aren’t forever! Just look at your Diamond ring for once before moving ahead.

Do you feel anything? Is it the feeling of Love? Or a sign of prosperity?

If so, than I’m sorry, you will again have to give it a thought after reading this post.

Two-third of the world diamonds are extracted in Africa. Blood diamonds commonly known as the conflict diamonds are the diamonds which are mined in a conflict zone and which are used to finance an insurgency.  Blood diamond Trade is usually carried out in parts of central and southern African countries which have vast reserves of diamonds but are politically unstable.  The countries falling in the region are being tormented by years of civil wars among various war lords and its people. They are the third world countries where industrialization is an alien word, making the standard of living lowest in the world.

In Angola and Sierra Leone, war diamonds ( another name for conflict diamonds) continue to fund the rebel groups which are acting in contrary to the international community's objectives of restoring peace in the region. 

People don’t have much to do in this part of the world and are being gripped under the clutches of poverty. From time immortal they are being used as a slave. They are made to work in the horrifying conditions in the mines. Also, the people aren’t left with a choice. In-order to earn a living they succumb to the pressure of working in such horrendous conditions. It’s extremely hard to work in a lode without the proper machinery and prerequisite skills. The unskilled laborers are forced to work for more than 16 hours at a stretch without food and other basic amenities. 

As the trade is illegal, sophisticated machinery and security of the miners are seldom given a thought. Laborers are given just a penny for extracting a diamond of more than a thousand dollar value. Mostly, laborers are teenagers as the elders get engrossed away with serious diseases and die early. 

A movie on this subject with the same name as of the article brought in many human organizations to raise their voice against the ill-practice. World organizations serious concerns led United Nation passed few resolutions to curb the Blood Diamond Trade, lowering the magnitude of trade. But, yet more is to be done in-order to completely stop it. UN should strive hard in bringing a political normalcy in the countries related with Blood Diamond Trade, which could subsequently pave the way for industrialization and modernization.

Once diamonds are brought to market, their origin is difficult to trace and once polished, they can no longer be identified. So, it may happen that the diamond you bought comes from the Blood Diamond Trade, killing many of those innocent Africans who died extracting it. 

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  1. I have seen that movie. And its a true story. Till now in Africa there are many child terrorists who are getting training to rule the blacks.

  2. I never knew about this...Takes away the glitz from the diamonds.Unfortunate and sad.

  3. Rajvir.. Yeah the movie was heartening and still the practice is being carried out.

    Alka.. Diamonds aren't forever...!

  4. UN responding to it and the practice now lessening, but a problem nevertheless, because most of the time, it isn't curbed, but done more anonymously. Same is the case of most of the trades, why blood diamond, when people burn in the same Oil and petrol which they try to protect from being traded illegally in India itself.

    Nice read.

    Blasphemous Aesthete

  5. Blasphemous: Yeah, even politicians have a conflicting role to play in this, making the condition worse. It's a pleasure to see you here again.

  6. You run a good blog.
    Keep up the good work.

  7. Yes right.... its the thing about money honey! When there's money in the trade, no one cares about lives, as long as there are people who are willing to buy diamonds, the trade will go on... its us who have to make a difference... The UN can only take charge, like it did in many cases, but can't stop it completely..
    "When the demand is more,the supply becomes less. But if the demand is only less, the supply is automatically reduced.."


  8. Ayushi: Thanks for such a motivating comment. Keep coming back here, this place always awaits readers like you.

    TGITRC: Yeah, no doubt in that, money is the driving force behind greed which eventually leads to such crimes.

  9. Yes i have read a few other 'true-story' articles about this.There is a global demand for diamonds and as long as that continues.. so will all these activities.. Its tough to put a stop to such practices unless some very stringent actions are taken..

  10. Chandana: Thanks for stopping by.. well laws are always strict, it's more onto the forcing community.

    It's always a pleasure to see you here... keep coming...

  11. Blood diamond will continue till we keep buying diamonds for our better half without checking the source of diamonds. In my opinion, all companies should be certified before they can be allowed to sell that their diamonds are not full of blood

  12. Ashvini: Yeah, government must do something sincere in this regard.

  13. Wow, this is the best site I’ve ever read. Thank you for sharing this.
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