National Geographic: Diamonds of war: Africa Blood Diamonds: television special  » TV  »
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    • by opalina143

      National Geographic specials focus on history, nature, and events around the world. A National Geographic special entitled Diamonds of War talked about the illegal diamond trade. I first became interested in blood diamonds, as they are called, after watching a movie called Blood Diamond. This movie was nominated for an Oscar and came out several years ago. It told the story of an African man who found a diamond in war-torn country.

      In reality, let diamonds are diamonds that come from

      conflict zones. These diamonds are dug up by slaves and sold on the black market, and the money is used to buy weapons to wage war. Many of these rebel regimes which make their money by selling blood diamonds engage in terrorism and slaughter innocent people. It is illegal to sell diamonds from these places, and the diamond industry has taken some steps to prevent them from coming into the market, but smuggling is popular and common and these diamonds often ...

      • end up being sold anyway.

        The documentary was very interesting. It had some disturbing footage of warfare and citizens that had been mutilated or had limbs amputated. Because of that, it’s not for the faint of heart. But there was some very good information in the documentary. Today much of the footage, a reporter went undercover, claiming to want to buy diamonds and smuggle them out of Africa. Using a hidden camera attached to a pair of glasses, he and

        his companion travel to places where diamonds were sold on the black market. The people they were dealing with would’ve killed them had they known they were reporters, so there was much suspense. What we got was an inside look at the illegal diamond trade. People offered to help them smuggle diamonds into Western countries, and the investigation showed that the trade in blood diamonds continues. This is a good informative documentary with quite a bit of suspense to it.

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