Diamond Conflicts Vs. Poisonwood Bible

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Precis: The Poisonwood Bible is a 658-page novel written by American author Barbara Kingsolver in 1999. The novel sets a stage of a missionary father, Nathan Price, that brings his family to Africa during the 1960's. Nathan is on a mission to spread Christianity and convert American customs to everyday African customs. Kingsolver shows a parallel in how a family is able to be torn apart by conflict and customs to actual occurrences of this in real life. Is the expense of an innocent life worth the becoming wealthy from diamonds? The ongoing conflicts in Sierra Leone and surrounding African countries propose this question. M.C. Ayafor, a Chairman of the Sierra Leona Panel of Experts, states, “‘Diamonds are forever’ it is often said. But lives are not. We must spare people the ordeal of war, mutilations and death for the sake of conflict diamonds”(Conflict Diamonds-UN- 1). Conflict diamonds and African customs are powerful enough and most likely to tear a family apart. In Barbara Kingsolver’s novel The Poisonwood Bible the Price family is torn apart because of African customs, similarly, conflict diamonds separate and displace many African families. Diamond conflicts began with a small, yet important, discovery of a “pretty pebble” along the banks of the Orange River in South Africa in 1867 (Saari 1). After the discovery, miners then found a prosperous diamond field in present-day Kimberly, South Africa. Diamond conflicts then began when word of the discovery was spread from Africa to England. British settlers rushed to Africa in hopes of discovering diamonds. Conflicts fueled between the English settlers and the Boers about the diamond fields. The Boers were decedents of Dutch settlers whom had claimed control and ownership over the diamond fields. These actions then lead to the start of the Boer War in 1880. Although the discovery made by the miners was small

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