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Resource ID: #17392
Subject: War
Source: ABC News
Date: Oct. 12, 2000



An ABC News investigation into the Central African diamond trade reveals an industry controlled by violent rebels. The ABC News crew was the first American news magazine crew to go into Sierra Leone since the civil war ravaged that country. The crew found a region rife with violence - "men, women and children were getting their limbs savagely amputated by rebel thugs and these thugs were buying their weapons with the proceeds from diamond sales... So, buyer beware - that beautiful diamond you are buying for your loved one might very well have caused the death or mutilation of somebody else's loved one in the heart of Africa."

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