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dipsydoodle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-26-09 12:46 PM
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Zimbabwe army 'runs diamond mine'
Edited on Fri Jun-26-09 12:51 PM by dipsydoodle
Source: BBC News

Lobby group Human Rights Watch has accused Zimbabwe's army of using forced labour, including children, to mine diamonds in the east of the country.

Local villagers who do not co-operate with the military are beaten and tortured, the US-based group says.

Their report also details an alleged massacre of diamond diggers last year, after the disputed elections.

It urges the unity government to take control of the mines and use the revenue to help rebuild the country.

Read more: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/8120931.stm



I recall something similar being posted earlier this week on the subject of blood diamonds. If this is dupe then please combine with the original
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BonnieJW Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-26-09 01:59 PM
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1. Two words:
Cubic zirconia. Why would anyone in this day and age spend so much money on something that is so bloody when you can have the same look for less than $100? If you lose it, just buy another one. If someone steals it, just buy another one. Use those thousands to pay off debt or put a down payment on a house.
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Whoa_Nelly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-26-09 04:13 PM
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2. Wonder if Pat Robertson has a stake in this...
Edited on Fri Jun-26-09 04:15 PM by Whoa_Nelly
:popcorn:

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