Blood Diamond Mining in Africa

Dominique Gibbs

It’s been over two decades now since governments came together to end the trade in “blood diamonds” that were fuelling several brutal wars in Africa. They set up the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme, a system of export and import controls for rough diamonds, but it’s clearer than ever that the Kimberley Process is not up to the task. The trade in diamonds still gives rise to serious human rights violations. Innocent victims have suffered killings, mutilation, rape, torture and abduction. Customers buy diamonds as a symbol of love, not violence but ultimately, there may be blood on your hands.