Conflict Diamonds

200px-Blooddiamondposter Watched Leonardo DiCaprio in Blood Diamond, the film is set during  Sierra Leone’s civil war in 1999. The title refers to diamonds that are mined in war zones and then sold to fund conflicts; though the diamond trade is now strictly regulated, it is estimated that 1% of diamonds mined come from conflict zones. Once processed and fashioned into jewellery, the consumer has no knowledge of the diamond’s original location. The film reminded me of Noel Jenkins’ work on the subject, a great example of a product web and interdependence.

We also have historical links with Sierra Leone, it being an ex-colonyBritish forces are currently present in the country advising the government on the development of its armed forces.

The film has an adult rating, due to its disturbing scenes of civil conflict, so it’s one for parental permission, trailer below.

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12 Comments

  1. Alan Parkinson
    Posted June 24, 2007 at 7:53 am | Permalink

    A fried of mine who’s a nurse worked in Sierra Leone for a while and came into contact with some ‘interesting’ local characters before an emergency airlift out of the country when things started getting very dangerous !

  2. Posted June 24, 2007 at 9:09 am | Permalink

    Not for the faint-hearted… I can’t even imagine what it was like.

  3. Jamie
    Posted June 24, 2007 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

    Watched that 1-2 months ago. Great film.

  4. Posted June 24, 2007 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

    Lots of Geography in there. A bit mad though that a rock can cause such heartache in one place and such joy in another.

  5. Jamie
    Posted June 24, 2007 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

    Yeehh. Bit harsh how they gather there workers though

  6. Posted June 24, 2007 at 9:56 pm | Permalink

    The child soliders bits were most shocking to me, I had to keep reminding myself that it was a work of fiction, but represented reality.

  7. Jamie
    Posted June 24, 2007 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

    Yeehh And why did they chop hands off?

  8. Posted June 24, 2007 at 10:26 pm | Permalink

    Power and to instill fear into the wider population.

    I think it also refers to how King Leopold of the Belgiums allowed the native groups to be treated in Congo,

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/3516965.stm

  9. Jamie
    Posted June 24, 2007 at 10:39 pm | Permalink

    Sounds like a nice man to meet ;] Sounds like hitler with the poles

  10. Posted June 25, 2007 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

    Sadly it seems the world is full of them….

  11. Jamie
    Posted June 25, 2007 at 8:00 pm | Permalink

    Yeeh Atleast every istn like them

  12. Posted June 25, 2007 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

    True 🙂

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