Blood Diamond Essay

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Charles Taylor a former Liberian President on May 30, 2012 was sentenced to 50 years in prison for aiding and abetting during the Sierra Leone civil war. The Special Court of Sierra Leone found him guilty on 11 counts of crimes such as terrorism, murder, and enslavement. Liberia and Sierra Leone Taylor was the first Liberian government official to be found guilty for receiving royalties from illegal diamond mines that were exchanged for armored weapons and utilities. The conflict or “blood” diamond is a term referencing the illegal smuggling and trading of rocks that are used to fund rebel forces to wage crimes in underprivileged areas like Liberia and Sierra Leone. As a result of events in Liberia conflict diamonds have embedded a cycle of corruption within the culture because of the diamond industry 's influence upon economic trade, civil war crimes, and mismanagement of dictators like Taylor.
The diamond industry in the early 1950’s exported the agriculture and natural resources of Liberia and Sierra Leone much like British and French colonies. The De Beers industry had gained control of the diamond mines, which influenced economic trade
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This film brought the conflict diamonds in impoverished areas to relevancy due to its casting of high-end celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio. Nonetheless, Lynne Duke talks about the damaging impacts of conflict diamonds are to people, and they represent the diamond mines were forced labor occurs to many that live in this countries. In addition, she explains the that conflict diamonds predominately come from the wars in Sierra Leone, Angola, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The film “Blood Diamonds is an inaccurate depiction of the rebel forces and corruption that displaced thousands of people within and during the many civil wars in African countries like Sierra

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