Sierra Leone: April 9, 2001

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RUF is still able to sell it's diamonds by taking them into government controlled areas and claiming they were found there. A sharp increase in diamonds from government controlled areas indicates that half or more of the diamonds sold there are from RUF territory.  It appears that some $50-$100 million dollars of RUF diamonds will be sold this year. The cut RUF takes from these sales keeps the rebel group going.

 

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