Intel Corp.’s chips contain tantalum, gold, tin and tungsten -- all made from minerals that can be mined from war-torn parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Carolyn Duran’s job is to make sure they aren’t.
Zimbabwe should be banned from selling diamonds to members of the Kimberley Process , created to end trade in stones mined to fund conflict and war, after claims of smuggling, rape and assault by the country’s army and police at its Marange gem fields, Global Witness said.
A boomtown is rising in the jungle- covered mountains of Sierra Leone. Bumbuna, estimated population 12,000, just got a new bank. A growing Sunday congregation spills out from underneath blue tarps that serve as a makeshift church. In hills where armed men once abducted children, school kids now get coloring books featuring a smiling bulldozer ridden by the cartoon character Bob the Builder. Outside of town, the mining company handing them out is loading bright yellow Caterpillar trucks as it unearths iron ore, giving Sierra Leone the fastest-growing economy in the world.
Human Rights Watch called on governments, companies and consumers to refuse to buy Zimbabwe diamonds until all members of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme agree the country is protecting people’s rights.
Supermodel Naomi Campbell told the war crimes trial of Charles Taylor that two strangers handed her some “dirty looking stones” after a 1997 dinner at Nelson Mandela ’s home also attended by the former Liberian President.
Actress Mia Farrow said Naomi Campbell told her she received a “huge diamond” from men sent by former Liberian President Charles Taylor , contradicting the supermodel’s testimony at a war-crimes tribunal last week.