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Adopted from: What are Conflict Diamonds?Conflict diamonds are diamonds illegally traded to fund conflict in war-torn areas, particularly in central and western Africa. The United Nations (UN) defines conflict diamonds as " that originate from areas controlled by forces or factions opposed to legitimate and internationally recognized governments, and are used to fund military action in opposition to those governments, or in contravention of the decisions of the Security Council." These diamonds are sometimes referred to as "blood diamonds." BackgroundConflict diamonds captured the world's attention during the extremely brutal conflict in Sierra Leone in the late 1990s. During this time, it is estimated that conflict diamonds represented approximately 4% of the world's diamond production. Illicit rough diamonds have also been used by rebels to fund conflicts in Angola, Liberia, Ivory Coast, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Republic of Congo (also known as Congo Brazzaville). (read more) Today, the…
Written by William A.TwayigizeThe controversy surrounding blood diamonds from the Democratic Republic of the Congo has made world’s headlines since 1993. However, it has remained relatively murky because of well-connected individuals involved in illegal mining and trading of colt a mineral.Coltan, also known as columbite-tantalite, is a black metallic mineral that contains both niobium and tantalum. It is a heat-resistant material that can hold a strong electrical charge. Most capacitors found in variety of electronic devices are made from Coltan. This rangers from cellphones, nuclear reactors, to aircraft engines. This shows you that those country blessed with this material should be ranked among the richest if and only if their natural resources well managed effectively by its own people. Effective management of our natural resources does not only involve extracting the minerals but processing, trading them fairly. This process would involve people on the community level.Most of the today’s electronics…

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