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Conflict diamonds and the DR Congo

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03/31/2008Americans demand action to end Congo crisis

Starting in the late 1980’s, diamonds have funded human rights abuses and fueled brutal civil wars in several African countries, including Sierra Leone, Liberia, Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Today, diamonds no longer fund conflict in these countries.

Except one. In the DRC, diamonds are among several natural resources that continue to fund and fuel conflict, particularly in the country’s eastern region.

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In 2000, World Vision helped found the U.S. Campaign for the Elimination of Conflict Diamonds.

Advocating both within the United States and internationally, World Vision staff members played lead advisory roles in drafting and enacting the Clean Diamonds Trade Act of 2003 and the Kimberley Process Certification System, which regulates the international trade of rough diamonds.

Conflict diamonds featured in new movie

"Blood Diamond," starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Djimson Hounsou and Jennifer Connelly, explores the conflict diamond issue. Visit the Blood Diamond movie site to view the trailer,and learn more about the film, the cast and the filmakers.

World Vision expert

>> Rory Anderson, Sr. Policy Advisor, Africa

Additional resources

>>Conflict Diamonds: The Problem Persists Despite Progress
World Vision Senior Policy Advisor Rory Anderson
Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Africa Policy Forum
>>The Text of the Clean Diamonds Trade Act
>>Congressional Testimony of Rory Anderson, World Vision Sr. Africa Policy Advisor
>>Diamonds & Conflict: Background, Policy, and Legislation, Congressional Research Service
>>"Getting Congo's Wealth To Its People", John le Carre and Jason Stearns in The Boston Globe
>>CONFLICT DIAMONDS Agency Actions Needed to Enhance Implementation of the Clean Diamond Trade Act -- GAO Report, September 2006
>>Déjà vu: Diamond Industry Still Failing to Deliver on Promises. Report by Global Witness, October 2004
>>White House Statement at the Signing of the Clean Diamonds Trade Act
>>Press Conference on Passage of Clean Diamonds Trade Act -- April 2003
>>Interfaith Statement on Conflict Diamonds -- May 2002
>>Conflict Diamonds Report Card -- Valentines Day 2002
>>Students, Activists Protest Sale of Conflict Diamonds at Boston’s Copley Square

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