15 Oct '11, 11am

Diamond Mining Leaves People And Land Devastated | Care2 Causes

Diamond Mining Leaves People And Land Devastated | Care2 Causes

For many people, diamonds have lost much of their sparkle in recent years. The knowledge that so-called blood or conflict diamonds have been used to finance some of Africa’s most murderous wars and civil conflicts has made it difficult to look at the gems as objects of beauty with which to decorate our bodies. The appalling working conditions and human rights abuses associated with some diamond mining operations don’t make matters any easier either. But even in situations where diamonds are mined legally by internationally respected, supposedly law-abiding companies, the impact on local communities and the environment can be devastating. De Beers’ Namaqualand Mines on the West Coast of South Africa’s Northern Cape Province are a good example of this. De Beers started mining diamonds in this area in 1927. Gem quality stones are found here in “alluvial” and “placer” deposits...

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