COMS 130 Diamond Trade and Liberian Stability

COMS 130 Diamond Trade and Liberian Stability - Lance Lacy...

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Lance Lacy COMS 130 M 7-10 October 9, 2006 Diamond Trade and Liberian Stability Thesis - Charles Taylor contributed to the killing of many, and helped turn Liberia and Sierra Leone into turmoil through his contribution in the RUF. A. Intro B. Charles Taylor C. RUF D. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf E. Conclusion A. Intro 1. Have you purchased a diamond since the year 1991? If so, there is a chance you could have supported the deaths of thousands of people in Africa without even knowing it. The selling of conflict diamonds has been causing civil war and bloodshed in African countries for decades now. Just in the year 1998, the US spent over 22 billion on diamonds (CNN.com) 2. Liberia was formed in 1847 by the United States as an American colony, used specifically for a place to send slaves from the US. 3. Most of the issues in Liberia concerning conflict diamond trade are associated with a president that ruled from 1997 to 2003, named Charles Taylor, and his involvement with Sierra Leone. He was very involved in the civil war during the earlier nineties in Liberia, became president through threats to disturb the peace if not elected, was forced into exile, and is about to face trial now in 2006. 4. Fortunately, the bloodshed over the conflicts has ended, and things are getting better in Liberia under the newly elected president Ellen Johnson- Sirleaf. 5. Diamonds are beautiful to look at, but when you think about the pain they could have cause thousands of people, you can change your outlook. Charles Taylor contributed to the killing of many, and helped turn Sierra Leone and Liberia into turmoil through his contribution in the RUF B. Charles Taylor 1.
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