The Heart of the Matter

The Heart of the Matter

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How diamonds have been the cause of widespread death, misery, a destruction for almost a decade in the West African country of Sierra Leone. Through the 1990s, Sierra Leone's rebel war became a tragedy of major humanitarian, political a historic proportions, but the story goes back 60 years, to the discovery of the diamonds. The diamond mining sector has become influenced by organized crime a by the smuggling not just of diamonds, but of guns a drugs, a by vast sums of money in search of a laundry. No peace agree. would be sustainable until the problems of mining a selling diamonds had been addressed, both inside Sierra Leone a internationally. Tables.Personal communications with A. A. Levinson, University of Calgary. 46. ... For a historical view from antiquity to 1996 see: A.J.A. Janse, a#39;A History ofDiamond Sources in Africa: Part IF in Gems aamp; Gemology, Volume 32 No. 1, 1992, pp. 2-31.

Title:The Heart of the Matter
Author: Ian Smillie, Lansana Gberie, Ralph Hazleton
Publisher:DIANE Publishing - 2000

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