Blood Diamonds & Sierra Leone Essay

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Blood Diamonds & Sierra Leone
It is common to hear about war, terror, death and poverty, it is common knowledge to know their meanings, but what right does one have to say they know the reality of the words if they have never experienced it themselves, what does it really means to see the death of someone in a war; to know the terror of not knowing if you are to live to see another sunrise? Most do not know and are ignorant of the fact situations like this happens all around us; happening now even in different countries. More and more death, destruction and human rights being violated are happening in Sierra Leone because of its poor economic situation and the civil war which started over control of the blood diamonds; yet, the problem is being helped bit by bit from organizations and others.
Death, destruction, and human rights being violated are happening in the country Sierra Leone even before the civil war started. Social structure and life in Sierra Leone is at a crisis state with its youth and women being treated unfairly without immunity by chiefs and leaders. The youth of the country always said ‘chiefs antagonize the youths’ (Archibald and Richards 7). The youth had then disrespected their youth leaders because the leaders would connive with chiefs to humiliate the youth (Archibald and Richards 6). Leaders should be righteous and kind not mocking their people, destroying their confidence and future hopes in order to make life more enjoyable for just themselves. “The elders were not really helping us… Even if you have only [a] minor problem, they exaggerate it… you, as a young man, cannot handle the case anymore and have to run away… as case [was] brought to the chief and I was accused. So I ran away and hid… Then I heard about the Kamajor society, so I decided to join… But it was the bad government… that made so many young men [want] to join the fighting. There were no jobs even if you were educated,” a 32 year-old male ex-combatant said (Archibald and Richards 8). So, youths have one choice in what they do around chiefs and youth leaders, and it is to run away from everything. Though, the choice is a poor decision, and now, instead of a semi-stable life, they lead a life of fighting and violence. Now, the women of Sierra Leone are kept at the bottom of the social ladder by customary law (Archibald and Richards 10). To be kept at the bottom because of being a different gender is belittling; barely being counted as a human being with not even a third of the rights one should have. The population of both youth and women seem to be in a process of characterized as the invention of human rights ‘from below’ (Archibald and Richards 2). A Luanda-based British diplomat did say the international community could intervene and help the youth and women, but it will not (Gordon 1). No one would come to aid these people, to help them through the rough patches in their society, and, in all, they were left to solve their own problems. Life in...

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