Item Details

Blood Diamonds

BBC
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
Diamonds are big business—the retail trade is worth more than $30 billion annually. But many of the stones are dubious in origin, coming from African countries immersed in civil wars. They are known as "blood diamonds"—sold by rebels and governments to fund their military campaigns. Sierra Leone once exported millions of dollar's worth of gems every year. Most of them were smuggled, sold by the Revolutionary United Front (RUF). Today, a certification scheme—displaying each gem's place of origin—is supposed to prevent such illegal traffic. But does it work? Meanwhile the country's civilians, most of whom have never set eyes on a diamond, are caught in the crossfire.
Release Date
2001
Run Time
44 min.
Language
Closed-captioned
Rating
9 - 12
Notes
  • Originally released by BBC, 2001.
  • Streaming video file encoded with permission for digital streaming by Infobase on April 23, 2019.
Contents
Diamonds from Sierra Leone (3:46); Corruption in Sierra Leone (1:19); Legal Mining in Sierra Leone (4:51); Brutality of the RUF (6:13); Blood Diamonds and the RUF (4:22); RUF in Kono (8:27); RUF and Diamond Trading (4:02); Selling Blood Diamonds (5:09); Sierra Leone's Diamond Situation (5:18); Credits: Blood Diamonds (0:39)
Published
[Place of publication not identified] : BBC, [2001]
New York, N.Y. : Distributed by Infobase, 2019.
Publisher no.
185437 Infobase
Access Restriction
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Description
1 online resource (1 video file (44 min., 12 sec)) : sound, color.
Streaming video file.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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