Warn Americans About New Round of Blood Diamonds

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Target: President Barack Obama

Goal: Warn Americans about the new round of blood diamonds that may be mixed with regular diamonds about to hit the world market.

The international ban on blood diamonds was a seemingly huge success towards fighting against the violence behind the trade of some diamonds. But now, Amnesty International is warning that millions of dollars’ and thousands of carats’ worth of conflict or “blood” diamonds could make their way on to the world market under new rules that allow the exportation of stockpiled Central African Republic diamonds.

Blood diamonds or conflict diamonds are essentially diamonds that are mined in a war zone where the sales of these diamonds are used to fund the violent wars that displace thousands of families, result in massive bloodshed and the raping of women and children.

The reason this is now an issue is because the international ban on blood diamonds didn’t affect the buying or selling of diamonds within the Central African Republic, so the two major diamond buyers that are the only ones who are licensed to export diamonds have been able to stockpile diamonds and have them ready for sale.

The international export ban on diamonds from the Central African Republic may now be partially lifted which would allow these stockpiled diamonds to be sold into the USA, Europe, India, and China markets. If this happens, urge President Obama to warn Americans about the new round of blood diamonds that may be mixed with regular diamonds.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Obama,

The international ban on blood diamonds, although helpful, didn’t affect the buying or selling of diamonds in the Central African Republic, a place with many blood diamonds. Now, the two major diamond buyers in the area have been able stockpile both regular and blood diamonds. The international export ban on diamonds from the Central African Republic may now be partially lifted which would allow these stockpiled diamonds to be sold in the US.

Blood diamonds or conflict diamonds are extremely unethical and contribute to violent and bloody wars that tear regions apart. I urge you to warn Americans about the new round of blood diamonds that may be mixed with regular diamonds.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Steven Depolo

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