2nd October 2019

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What percentage of the world's diamonds are blood diamonds?

The diamond industry estimates that conflict diamonds represent 4 percent of the total trade in rough diamonds. Others have estimated that conflict diamonds could amount to as high as 15 percent of the total trade. In 2001, the diamond industry produced rough diamonds with a market value of $7.9 billion.

Hereof, what are blood diamonds in Africa?

In just the past two decades, seven African countries have endured brutal civil conflicts fueled by diamonds: Sierra Leone, Liberia, Angola, the Republic of Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, the Central African Republic, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Diamonds intensify civil wars by financing militaries and rebel militias.

What is the story of Blood Diamond?

As civil war rages through 1990s Sierra Leone, two men, a white South African mercenary (Leonardo DiCaprio) and a black Mende fisherman (Djimon Hounsou), become joined in a common quest to recover a rare gem that has the power to transform their lives. With the help of an American journalist (Jennifer Connelly), the men embark on a hazardous trek through rebel territory to achieve their goal.

Are there blood diamonds in Botswana?

Moremong said he is proud that none of Botswana's diamonds can be classified as conflict or blood diamonds. "Every diamond that comes out of the ground in Botswana can be traced from the mines until it gets to De Beers in London," he said.
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