Sierre Leone Mining News

Liberia tells the UN it lacks funds to fight blood diamonds

Liberia's questioned commitment to the diamond industry’s efforts to prevent blood gems trade has driven the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to threaten with cutting the program, but authorities says it insufficient funds and not lack of will what is stopping the country.

Is post-Taylor diamond mining in Sierra Leone clean?

Charles Taylor, was convicted in April of war crimes for arming Sierra Leone's rebels in return for blood diamonds. Taylor is now awaiting sentencing and the BBC tries to find out if mining in the country is now “clean”.

Should the blood diamond concept be applied to other minerals?

Please go to our Facebook page and let us know if you think the blood diamond concept – where minerals from conflict zones are classified and monitored in a way similar to the Kimberley Process - should be applied to other minerals.

Historic verdict: Liberian ex-president Charles Taylor guilty of war crimes and fuelling conflict with blood diamonds

Liberian ex-president, Charles Taylor, was convicted today of war crimes for arming Sierra Leone's rebels in return for blood diamonds during the 1991-2002 civil war by a United Nations-backed court.