A year ago I decided to return to the same African countries and follow the diamond trail from mine to ultimate consumer, in cooperation with the Netherlands Institute for Southern Africa. This photo reportage examines the financing, working conditions, dealers and those who really profit from the industry.

 

Diamond is carbon, crystallized under pressure over millions of years. The crystals rise to the surface during volcanic eruptions. Some fall back in the volcanic pipe to form blue-ground, called Kimberlite. Some is spread across a large area through erosion and flood and can be found in river beds or just under the surface.

 

This video is part of Kadir van Lohuizens long-term Diamond Matters project.


Published by Mets & Schilt publishers (Holland), Dewi Lewis publishing (UK), Umbrage editions (USA)

 

‘Fair trade’ in diamonds would be the ideal next step, with profits being shared by all in the industry and diamond workers’ rights being respected.

 

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Sierra Leone, Koidu, diamond miners working on mining site, portrait (B&W)
Congo, Bakwa Bowa, diamond miners carrying gravel bags (B&W)
Congo, Mbuji Mayi, diamond miners washing gravel in river (B&W)
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Belgium, Antwerp, men in exchange shop (B&W)
India, Surat, workers working in diamond industry (B&W)
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India, Surat, people walking on street (B&W)
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New York, 47th Street, people walking by diamond stores (B&W)
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