Will wear expensive jewelry straight from the mines,
Chuck is referring to South African and Sierra Leonian diamond mines. South Africa is a world leader in finding diamonds. Famous diamonds include this, The Cora Sun Drop and the Cullinan Diamond that was so large that half of it was used to make all the British Crown Jewels.
However Chuck focuses on the negative side of the South African diamond industry. Like most mines- it is dangerous work and accidents are common.
According to wiki: The South African mining industry is frequently criticized for its poor safety record and high number of fatalities but conditions are improving. Total fatalities were 533 in 1995 and had fallen to 199 in 2006. The overall fatality rate in 2006 was 0.43 per 1,000 per annum but this hides some important differences.
The dangers do not always come from the mine however- the workers are exploited and made to work in horrible conditions. Also over 30 people were killed by police after taking industrial action
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Artists such as Kanye and Raekwon have highlighted the plight of diamond miners, especially in war torn countries. Raekwon featured in a documentary about blood diamonds (diamonds used to fund local warlords or guerrilla fighters) From sierra leone, and Kanye made small, underground song about it
Campaigns have started to limit the ability for warlords to move conflict diamonds outside their country.Remember next time YOU get your diamonds get them from a legal source
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