Diamond Mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Grant Terzakis

Period Four




In most cases, diamonds equal money. But in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s case, it has meant generations of forced labor and war. With the coming of the Europeans to the democratic Republic of Congo, it has since been an impoverished and war torn country. The Europeans brought with them their conflicts and their lust for riches. When the Europeans colonized the Democratic Republic of Congo, they introduced the conflict of diamond mines. This conflict has remained in the Democratic Republic of Congo for years to come. The effects of colonization left an impoverished country and no government to control it. The only way the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo could survive is by going back to their old ways.

The country of the Democratic Republic of Congo had no ways of cutting their diamonds; making them rely on outside sources to do this. Also, the greed of all of the different tribal group creates warfare between them. Diamonds have led to nothing but trouble for the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo. It started off with the forced labor of thousands, then continued on with the exploitation of their own people to get the job done. It is a continuing spiral of misfortune.

To obtain the diamonds, the ethnic groups must buy arms; making the whole situation even more deadly. All of the ethnic groups are buying guns to stop their rivals. In the Meantime, the government is buying weapons to stop the fighting, thus contributing to it more. Diamonds are what is causing the conflicts throughout the Democratic Republic of Congo. And it all started with colonization.  



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Grant Terzakis: Last Updated may 22, 2009