The War on Conflict Diamonds Essay

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“Diamonds are forever” it is often said. “But lives are not”, says Martin Chungong Ayafor, Chairman of the Sierra Leone Panel of Experts, “We must spare people the ordeal of war, mutilations and death for the sake of conflict diamonds.” (United Nations 2). This is a very powerful quote from someone who has and is experiencing (Gerund) firsthand the gruesome terror of the conflict over diamonds in Africa. This war has started because of the greed for money and power in the abundant diamond industry in the different parts of Africa by the R.U.F. In Sierra Leone alone, about 20,000 innocent people have suffered bodily mutilation, 75,000 people have been killed, and around 2,000,000 people have fled Sierra Leone because of the genocide, or…show more content…
(United Nations 1). Early in 1992, the R.U.F seized Kono, the diamond mining capital of Sierra Leone, because of the amount of profit in the diamond mining industry in Africa, and initiated a diamond conflict between some diamond mining nations in Africa, thus starting (Gerund) the “War over Conflict Diamonds”. In an attempt to put (Infinitive) a halt to this uprising, the National Provisional Ruling Council (N.P.R.C) waged war with the R.U.F., creating “Operation Genesis” to force out the R.U.F. (Brown 1). However, this did not succeed, causing an attack by the R.U.F. on Sierra Leoneans. To intimidate voters and keep control on the diamond mines, the R.U.F “chopped off the hands and feet of adults, teens, and infants.” (Brown 1). Despite this vicious onslaught, the R.U.F. was still allowed to participate (Infinitive) in the elections. (Brown 1). This remains the biggest reason that we must put an end to these rebel groups and the pain they cause to African families. The impact on Africa that the war over conflict diamonds has caused has affected Africa both positively and negatively. By July of 1999, the violence had greatly risen, which had caused the government of Sierra Leone to sign a peace agreement with the R.U.F. that “legitimized the R.U.F. and brought it into the government with several cabinet positions.” (Brown 2). Sadly, the R.U.F was only interested in keeping control over the diamond mines in Kono and Tongo. As a
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