Blood diamond

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A blood diamond (also called a conflict diamond, converted diamond, hot diamond, or war diamond) is a diamond mined in a war zone and sold to finance an insurgency, invading army's war efforts, or a warlord's activity. These terms are particularly used in the context of diamond trading to indicate the negative effects for this sale. These diamonds are mined particularly in Africa [1] where a dominant proportion of the world's diamonds are mined.[2]


Blood diamonds are believed to play an important part in the global drug trade, in the shipping of Cocaine via mini-submarines to West Africa (especially Sierra Leone).


Related Document

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:Blood Diamondwebpage5 August 2011Keith Harmon-Snow
Rick Hines


  1. Conflict Diamonds United Nations Department of Public Information, March 21, 1807, accessed online December 26, 2006
  2. "Global Summary 2008 " - Kimberley Process Certification Scheme.

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