23
Nov
07

Conflict Diamonds

The second most important thing about engagement, right after not making your beloved wait an eternity, is showing some love and buying conflict-free Kimberley diamonds.

The four C’s:
Carat, Cut, Clarity & Color.
Life’s too precious.
The fifth C is ‘Conflict’.


Deaths from diamond-fueled Civil Wars (in Angola, Liberia, and Sierra Leone alone) exceed all U.S. Military Deaths in the last 70 years by 50%.

Source: U.S. Department of Defense and Global Witness. U.S. Military Deaths: World War II: 405,399, Korean War: 36,574, Vietnam War: 58,200, Persian Gulf War: 382, Afghan War: 135+, Iraq War: 1,002+. Deaths from Diamond-fueled Civil Wars: Angola: 500,000, Liberia: 200,000, Sierra Leone: 50,000. Deaths from Diamond-fueled D.R.C. Civil War: Democratic Republic of the Congo: 3,300,000.

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