The Conflict Of Blood Diamonds Essay

1162 Words May 24th, 2016 5 Pages
Blood Diamonds
“Dig or Die” is a phrase often used when talking about our world 's most loved gem, the diamond. Many precious jewels are faceted with conflict. Blood diamonds, or conflict diamonds, are diamonds mined in war-torn countries by antigovernment groups (Blood Diamonds). These militias use the money to aid their cause. Wars fueled by these diamonds have taken over 3.7 million lives, in countries such as Zimbabwe, Angola, Congo and Liberia. Most people do not know what was sacrificed for them to wear their diamond ring (“Blood Diamonds Exposed”). Despite the beauty a diamond holds, people must be made aware of the dangerous social implications they embody.
The conflict of blood diamonds is not an emerging issue. Starting back in 1867, when a large discovery of diamonds was found in the poverty stricken Cape Colony, De Beers claimed ownership of these mines and gained a monopoly. In order to drive the prices up and to make the gem more valuable, they withheld a majority of the supply. He created the illusion that diamonds were rare (Blood Diamonds). De Beers is the company responsible for marketing the gem as a symbol of forever love (Forman). Unfortunately these symbols of love were highly valued by violent insurgents. Rough diamonds are untraceable, easy to transport and smuggle, along with having constant value throughout the world. These factors make them the perfect medium to fuel wars. Small rebel groups quickly turned into well-armed militias (Blood…

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