The Heart of the Matter

... Report Ian Smillie, Lansana Gberie, Ralph Hazleton. • • Heart sf of the Matter Diamonds & Human Security (Complete Report) Ian Smillie Lansana Gberie Ralph Hazleton THE HEART OF THE MATTER SIERRA LEONE, DIAMONDS & HUMAN. Front Cover.

The Heart of the Matter

The Heart of the Matter

How diamonds have been the cause of widespread death, misery, & destruction for almost a decade in the West African country of Sierra Leone. Through the 1990s, Sierra Leone's rebel war became a tragedy of major humanitarian, political & historic proportions, but the story goes back 60 years, to the discovery of the diamonds. The diamond mining sector has become influenced by organized crime & by the smuggling not just of diamonds, but of guns & drugs, & by vast sums of money in search of a laundry. No peace agree. would be sustainable until the problems of mining & selling diamonds had been addressed, both inside Sierra Leone & internationally. Tables.

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