Zimbabwe Army Using Slave Labor To Harvest Diamonds

June 26, 2009

Africa (ChattahBox) – A US-based human rights group has accused the Zimbabwe army of using forced labor of citizens, including children and the elderly, in order to mine diamonds for personal profit.

The illegal mining produces tens of millions of dollars per month, and is a huge cost of life to those who are used as slaves in the process. Those who refuse to mine are tortured and imprisoned, and in many cases do not survive the ordeal.

Zimbabwe’s new government should get the army out of the fields, put a stop to the abuse. The police and army have turned this peaceful area into a nightmare of lawlessness and horrific violence,” Georgette Gagnon, director of Human Rights Watch’s Africa, was quoted by the BBC.

The Marange diamond fields were taken by the military in 2008, as an alleged measure to keep it from falling to illegal mining groups in the region. The real reason, it appears, was to seize it for person wealth among the military itself.

Evidence has been found that supports this accusation, but no comment has been made by Mugabe or his cabinet.


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