Blood Diamond Speach Essay

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Blood diamond paper As a student leader at RBR I have been selected to speak on the issue of Conflict Diamonds. I hope this speech spreads awareness and helps put an end to the selling and purchasing of Conflict Diamonds. Conflict diamonds are diamonds illegally traded to fund conflict in war-torn areas, particularly in central and western Africa. These diamonds are sometimes referred to as "blood diamonds." Angola, Liberia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Republic of Congo are just some of the areas affected by Conflict diamonds. Many of these diamonds are mined using methods that exploit workers, children, and communities. Miners are dying in accidents, child labor is widespread, and rebel leaders are depriving diamond mining communities of funds badly needed for economic development. Conflict diamonds captured the world's attention during the conflict in Sierra Leone in the late 1990s. During that time it is estimated that conflict diamonds represented approximately 4% of the world's diamond production. Today, the flow of conflict diamonds has been reduced to less than 1%. Even though the rate of the diamonds being purchased and sold has decreased it doesn’t mean the problem has gone away. However in 2003 a solution was put in place to help stop the trading of conflict diamonds. After much media attention, the Kimberley Process was created. It addressed the problem of conflict diamonds funding civil wars. The Kimberley Process is an international governmental certification scheme that was made to prevent the trade in diamonds that fund conflict; the process requires governments to certify that shipments of rough diamonds are conflict-free. Unfortunately, the Kimberley Process does not help the conditions the miners are in including child labor, violence, worker exploitation and poverty. As consumers of the Conflict diamonds there are some things we

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