Africa’s diamond wars destroyed the lives of millions of people and crippled the economies of Angola, the Congo, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The biggest UN peacekeeping forces in the world—in Liberia, the Congo and Côte d’Ivoire―are the legacy of these ‘conflict’ or ‘blood diamonds’.
Blood on the Stone tells the story of how diamonds came to be so dangerous. It describes the history and the political economy of diamonds, and how country after country descended into the anarchy and wars they fuelled. The book describes the diamond pipeline, from war-torn Africa to the glittering showrooms of Paris, London and New York. It describes the campaign that began in 1999, eventually forcing the industry and more than 50 governments to create a global certification system aimed at wringing blood diamonds out of the retail trade. The book concludes with a sobering assessment of the Kimberley Process, which soon fell hostage to political chicanery, mismanagement and vested interests. Too important to fail, the Kimberley Process has been hailed as a regulatory model for Africa’s extractive minerals. Behind the scenes, however, Smillie says it is in danger of becoming an ineffectual talk shop, standing aside as criminals re-infest the diamond world.
‘a devastating, important work… read this before you buy another diamond.’
‘Smillie’s compelling narrative of the journey from teacher to prosecutor is touching and breathtaking’
‘…very high octane…’
‘…an important story, and one that needs to be understood if the world is to help end the misery of conflicts driven by commodities and greed.’
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