Blood Diamonds of South Africa Argumentative Essay by Nicky

Blood Diamonds of South Africa
Argues that people must not buy diamonds that have been used to support wars in Africa.
# 148329 | 1,445 words | 7 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Oct 11, 2011 in Ethnic Studies (Conflict) , Ethnic Studies (Africa) , Criminology (Public and Crime)

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This paper explains that smuggled diamonds are funding numerous wars on the African continent from which hundreds of thousands of lives are being lost. Next, the author relates that, to combat this use of diamonds, the De Beers Mining Company, which is the biggest diamond firm in South Africa that once itself had a bloody history of slavery during the Apartheid period, has invented a new Kimberley process to insure the production and purchase of legal diamonds. However, the paper concludes that, despite this certification and actions by the UN and the USA, diamonds still are being smuggled through other countries such as Sierra Leone; therefore, people must only buy certified diamonds or ones that are not from Africa.

From the Paper:

"The situations in Angola and in The Democratic Republic of Congo made it possible for smuggled diamonds to be bought by De Beers diamond buyers. Both countries have a state of crisis, and, guerrilla armies have captured most diamond fields present on the territories. The fact that the illegal diamonds did not all came to De Beers meant that diamonds had been taken to other diamond companies. Also, this meant that the market would suffer as a consequence of large amounts of diamonds appearing throughout the world. Most countries involved in the combating situations in certain African countries in a state of crisis have been reported to export diamonds, even if they did not have any diamond mines within their borders."

Sample of Sources Used:

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  • Roberts, Janine. (2006). "Blood diamonds: TB, silicosis, asbestosis, De Beers, and AIDS". Retrieved May 2, 2009, from Not Aids Web site:

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