The Blood Diamonds
The Josh and Courtney
What are Blood Diamonds?
Conflict or Blood Diamonds are illegally traded to fund conflict in central and western Africa. At the height of the civil war in Sierra Leone, it is estimated that conflict diamonds represented approximately four percent of the world's diamond production.
Apart from the innocent people caught up in the conflicts, thousands of people, including women and children in countries such as Sierra Leone are used as slaves to extract diamonds. They are forced to use dig into mud or gravel along river banks with their bare hands. The collected material is then separated using hand-held sieves.
Blood diamonds up close.
A worker holds a few.
Straniers are used to help find the cursed things.
The slaves go and take big plates out into the river in hopes of getting a pile of mud with the diamonds. Selling them is a high way of getting money fast.
Getting fisty over the treasure
Most of the time if you make a find you tell the people around you. Most of the time someone will try and rob you from your find. And fights will go down