A Diamond

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“A diamond, is the symbol for love, commitment, and a joyful new beginning,” said the TV commercial. Many of the world's diamonds, are mined using practices that exploit workers, children, and communities. A million diamond diggers in Africa earn less than a dollar a day. Miners are dying in accidents, child labor is widespread, and corrupt leaders are depriving mining communities of funds badly needed for economic development. In extreme cases, diamond mining can cause entire ecosystems to collapse. Diamond miners in the Kono district of eastern Sierra Leone have left behind thousands of mining pits. Wildlife has vanished, topsoil has eroded, and land once suitable for farming is now a desolate moonscape. These sparkling stones are more a curse than a blessing. Too often, the world’s diamond mines produce not only diamonds but also civil wars, violence, human rights abuses, worker exploitation, environmental degradation, and unspeakable human suffering. Where is the love in civil war, violence, human, rights being played around with like a teenager stuck at home and left with nothing but there is a brand new Xbox right in front of him. But wait... the list goes down there's still worker exploitation, environmental degradation, and human suffering. Where is the joy in all of this? The Love? The only thing that seems to be true is the commitment... a commitment daily life filled with lies and crime.

[Search: Describe Blood Diamond]. Result: Could you imagine being taken away at the age of five taken away by rebel gangs, given drugs and alcohol and being brainwashed? Then being ordered to kill your dearest family members and not care at all? All of these cruel and unusual things don't happen with all diamonds. But most of them have some type of illegal activities going on. All of the diamonds that somehow involve violating someone’s human rights would be called a blood diamond, or other wise know as a conflict diamond too. These diamonds are found in...
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