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Pope Warns Africa’s Illegal Diamond Trade Abets Crime, Terrorism

Nov 30, 2015 9:10 AM   By Rapaport News
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RAPAPORT... Pope Francis has warned Africa’s illegal trade in diamonds and other precious resources abets criminal activities and terrorism while undermining political stability.

“Human selfishness” and the abuse of the poor and excluded risked tearing Africa into pieces, the head of the Catholic church said in Kenya November 26 during his tour of the continent.

“We cannot be silent about forms of illegal trafficking which arise in situations of poverty and in turn lead to greater poverty and exclusion,” he told an audience at the office of the United Nations in Nairobi. “Illegal trade in diamonds and precious stones,” rare metals and other important resources “fuels political instability, organized crime and terrorism,” he said.

The Pope is also visiting Uganda and the Central African Republic (CAR), a diamond-producing state whose rough gems have been banned from the Kimberley Process. Non-profit group Amnesty International published a report in September claiming trafficking precious stones from the CAR still funded violence in the country.
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