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Blood Diamonds

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Presenter Jeffrey Wright Category CrimeWar Year 2006 Watch time 01:29:54

 

This Blood Diamonds documentary explores the brutal conflicts that surround this small rock which represents wealth and glamour. In many African countries, diamonds are a way to obtain power through a largely untraceable material which can be found in the ground for free if you have the means to look for it. This has led to conflicts in the regions and the rise of warlords who use the diamonds to fund their campaigns.

 

To mine the diamonds and keep the regimes afloat thousands of people have been forced into slave labour and are often paid only a cup of rice a day for hours of backbreaking work. If they refuse they face having limbs chopped off or simply being killed.

 

The Blood Diamonds documentary brings to light how this all came to be and shows the brutality people face every day at the hands of these murderous organisations.

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