By Greg Campbell
Blood Diamonds is the gripping story of the way diamond smuggling works, how the insurgent struggle has successfully destroyed Sierra Leone and its humans, and the way the guidelines of the diamonds industryinstitutionalized within the Eighties through the De Beers cartelhave allowed it to take place. Award-winning journalist Greg Campbell strains the lethal path of those diamonds, a lot of that are delivered to the realm industry by way of fanatical enemies. those repercussions of diamond smuggling are felt a ways past the borders of the bad and war-ridden state of Sierra Leone, and the results of overlooking this African tragedy are either shockingly lethal and certainly global.
In this newly revised and extended version, investigative journalist Greg Campbell returns to West Africa ten years later to bare how regardless of frequent publicity to the corruption and greed of the diamond exchange, it maintains unabated because the quarter struggles politically, ecologically, and economically.
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I want you to see the mines like they really are. And when we come back, don’t tell anyone that I took you. ” And we couldn’t drive to the mine, either; cars were rare enough in the bush, but a car carrying two white men was bound to draw attention. Therefore, we were going to hike, he said. We began in Tissor, a small collection of mud huts with thatched roofs assembled in a neat clearing of hard-packed dirt that had been swept clean of leaves and debris. Chickens squawked underfoot and men and women who were so old they seemed to have been carved from wood stared impassively from porches and stools.
High up on the banks, surrounding the pit like the jagged teeth of a colossal jungle monster, stood conical mounds of gravel that had been dug from the hole by hand. In such nonindustrialized mines, the process of looking for diamonds is almost exactly the same as it was half a century ago, except that gas-powered water pumps have replaced the bucket brigades of the old days. Essentially, a gigantic hole is dug into the ground until the prospectors hit groundwater, at a depth of usually 30 feet or so.
In the postwar years, Sierra Leone saw a massive diamond rush as thousands of locals and an equal number of neighboring Liberian and Guinean hopefuls struck out into SLST’s private reserve of diamond mines. The boom very nearly sank the country in the mid-1950s as farmers ignored their fields and instead washed gravel day in and day out, usually under the cover of night when they were less likely to be discovered. A food shortage struck the interior and, for the first time, Sierra Leone had to import staples like rice, a grain that was usually so abundant that the country normally exported it.