Blood Diamonds Persuasive Essay

907 Words Nov 13th, 2013 4 Pages

People say diamonds are a girl’s best friend. A friend that makes you happy and proud to have- but can you really trust them? What if you little “friend” on your dainty little finger not only cost a ridiculous amount of money but also cost the lives of innocent people? That would really make you reconsider buying a diamond and make you reconsider whom you trust. See, you really have to be careful where your sparkly, little gem comes from. Do you have any idea what it took just to make it to North America? Well, chances are 1000’s of children were killed or captured, people were torn away from their families and over 2.2 billion dollars were used just to smuggle those diamonds into developed countries.
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Well, it’s actually quite simple. It is extremely hard to trace the origin of a diamond. Therefore the RUF is still getting away with selling these blood diamonds. In fact, the United States is responsible for the sale of two thirds of the world’s diamonds, which means a large percentage of blood diamonds, are filtered into those two thirds. As a result of flaws and loopholes in the Kimberly Process, as well as weak governmental controls, we’re still allowing conflict diamonds to leak into the market. By buying diamonds, we are still supporting the blood diamond industry and we are indirectly supporting the Revolutionary United Front. We’re just helping them get more and more money for weapons to put into the hands of the 200,000 child soldiers that are still in Africa today. Everyday they’re fighting for their lives, trying desperately to obtain the approval of their leader so that they don’t get brutally beaten. How would you like to exist in a living hell everyday? Let alone be a child having to endure this daily torture. You would despise having to go through that, wouldn’t you? So why are you making young, innocent children do it?
Now, let’s just take a little trip away from reality for a bit. Imagine a world with no war, no racism, no homophobia, no poverty and most importantly- no blood diamond industry. The people of Africa would be living a life full of safety, love and equality. No more violence, no more

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