By Greg Campbell
Blood Diamonds is the gripping story of the way diamond smuggling works, how the insurgent struggle has successfully destroyed Sierra Leone and its humans, and the way the guidelines of the diamonds industryinstitutionalized within the Eighties by way of the De Beers cartelhave allowed it to take place. Award-winning journalist Greg Campbell strains the lethal path of those diamonds, lots of that are dropped at the area industry through fanatical enemies. those repercussions of diamond smuggling are felt some distance past the borders of the terrible and war-ridden kingdom of Sierra Leone, and the implications of overlooking this African tragedy are either shockingly lethal and certainly global.
In this newly revised and elevated variation, investigative journalist Greg Campbell returns to West Africa ten years later to bare how regardless of common publicity to the corruption and greed of the diamond exchange, it keeps unabated because the quarter struggles politically, ecologically, and economically.
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To them, diamonds held no value whatsoever. It’s easy to imagine that the people of the Temne, Mende, and Kru tribes—who lived agrarian lives based on animist beliefs and rituals, much like their ancient ancestors had—were probably amused by the sight of white men digging excitedly for stones that they considered utterly worthless. That attitude was destined to be short-lived. As far back as the sixteenth century, some societies had viewed diamonds as talismans of strength, fortitude, and courage, attributes undoubtedly derived from the stones’ hardness, transparency, and purity.
When it hit bottom, the gemstones would adhere to the flesh and prove to be a tantalizing treat for the oversized eagles that nested on the valley’s edge. An eagle would retrieve the sheep—and the diamonds attached to it—and return to its nest, where the traders would converge to scare it into flight and collect the bounty. Sindbad tied himself to a sheep carcass with his unwound turban and was thus lifted to freedom on the talons of an eagle, but not before stuffing his pockets with all the diamonds he could carry.
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