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For thousands of years diamonds have been an internationally recognized symbol of love romance and marriage However a portion of the worlds diamonds come from areas where war and blood shed are an every day occurrence In some countries rebel groups use the profits made from the sale of diamonds to buy weapons for their military operations In this paper I will introduce you to conflict or blood diamonds and the rebel groups that mine them I will also look at the horrific infringements on basic human rights that these groups commit on a normal basis By definition conflict diamonds are diamonds that originate from mines that are under the control of rebel groups who are fighting against their countrys government Sierra Leone a small country on the west coast of Africa has for the last ten years been under the terror of an ever present civil war This war is being fought between a rebel group known as the Revolutionary United Front and Sierra Leones present government The RUF took control of some of Sierra Leones richest diamond mines in the mid nineties They now use the profits they make from these diamonds to buy weapons for their army made up mostly of young boys forced to conscript United Nations Conflict Diamonds The Revolutionary United Front use many different and violent to inflict terror on the innocent people of Sierra Leone These tactics include kidnapings rape torture and executions Most of all the RUF is known for amputating the hand arms feet or legs of people in the districts it controlsAmnesty International In many instances they get innocent women children and old men to line up and stick out their hands then they cut off the peoples hands using machetes they use it to instill fear in the hearts of civilians National Geographic These brutal and heartless techniques clearly violate the international code of human rights The bottom line is these groups would not
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