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USAID Frontlines - From Blood Diamonds to Fishponds: Land-Rights Project for Central African Republic Miners Has Ripple Effect

by Portal Web Editor last modified Jan 10, 2013 11:43 AM Anthony Piaskowy USAID
Through a USAID project that strengthens property rights, Yadjo and her children now lead a more stable life in the small village of Loppo. The project deals with illicit diamond production—which violates the Kimberly Process—by channeling the diamonds into the legal market. This enables the artisanal miners to earn a fairer wage on their diamonds.

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Credit: Prospert Yaka, Tetra Tech ARD
A miner searches for diamonds in the Central African Republic.



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Five years ago, Berthe Yadjo and her family had a very different life and livelihood. Her husband, like most artisanal miners in the Central African Republic (CAR), would search for a new site to mine and begin to dig quickly. When he discovered diamonds, he would sell them to the first buyer at the first price offered. This process would repeat itself until the mine was exhausted, and then the family would move on to the next mine. The Yadjos lived in fear that at any time a rival miner or the government would confiscate the mine, and that diamonds would be stolen before they could sell them. At the same time, the family struggled daily to meet its basic needs.

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