Sierra Leone Diamond Mining Industry

Sierra Leone Diamond Mining Industry

Sierra Leone’s miners are usually employed by private agents and paid $1 a day to sift through mud and gravel. The miners also earn a small commission depending on the diamonds they find. Later, the gems are sold in town to diamond resellers.

 

Sierra Leone’s miners are usually employed by private agents and paid $1 a day to sift through mud and gravel. The miners also earn a small commission depending on the diamonds they find. Later, the gems are sold in town to diamond resellers.

Diamonds account for nearly half of Sierra Leone’s exports, generating over $140 million annually. Small-skill miners produce most of the diamonds.

A group of miners search for diamonds at a private mine in the Kono District in Eastern Sierra Leone. Kono is the country’s diamond mining capital. The world’s third-largest diamond was found in Kono in 1972.

 
 
 
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