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April 25, 2012
Artisanal miners pan for diamonds in the town of Koidu in eastern Sierra Leone, April 21, 2012. Fighting...
KOIDU, Sierra Leone
Miners pan for diamonds in Koidu in eastern Sierra Leone
Artisanal miners pan for diamonds in the town of Koidu in eastern Sierra Leone, April 21, 2012. Fighting in the 1991-2002 civil war was focused on controlling the diamond fields, and the profits from the stones provided the funding to the warring sides. The U.N. war crimes court trying Charles Taylor for atrocities in Sierra Leone will deliver its verdict on Thursday. Sierra Leone's 11-year conflict from 1991-2002 left over 50,000 dead and became a byword for gratuitous violence, especially the amputation of limbs. A decade later, the West African nation is peaceful, but among the world's poorest. It is due to hold elections in November. Picture taken April 21, 2012. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly (SIERRA LEONE - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT BUSINESS COMMODITIES ENVIRONMENT ENERGY)
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