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Deadly Game of Kenya's Gem Trade

World  (tags: Kenya, gem trades, gem-mine, precious stones, gangs, illegal miners, corruption, conflict, crime, death, violence )

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The murder of a Scottish-born gem-mine owner in Kenya has revealed the dark underside of the country's precious stones trade. As the BBC Swahili service's Kenneth Mungai reports, the death of Campbell Bridges was far from an isolated incident.

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Dee C (23)
Friday August 14, 2009, 12:06 pm
"The landscape is dotted by scenic hills covered by dried shrubs and dense vegetation.

The hills and the ground underfoot hold unimaginable wealth - gemstones like green, red, rose and almandine garnet, tsavorite and ruby."

" On Tuesday renowned gemmologist Campbell Bridges was murdered - apparently by illegal miners known locally as "zururazururas" meaning layabouts.

This tragedy is painfully familiar to Luka Kitimbi, a farmer who discovered deposits of blue alexandrite while digging a toilet in his farm.

He has been miserable ever since.

A string of unknown people have been arriving at his farm, claiming ownership of the land - despite Mr Kitimbi having been there for 27 years.

Firstly he says more than 400 illegal miners invaded his farm and stole vast amounts of the mineral."

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Past Member (0)
Saturday August 15, 2009, 3:53 am
Money is definitely the root of all evil. Thanks Dee.

. (0)
Sunday August 16, 2009, 2:39 am
Blood diamonds.... blood money... this is a ruthless business to be in...

Mary M (29)
Sunday August 16, 2009, 12:48 pm
Unfortunately this has been a problem since time began. Someone always wants someone else's goods. We did it to the American Indians, pushing them from place to place, so we could live there, and take from the lands that were once the American Indians. We stole Africans to work our fields when we first landed here. We as humans, do this constantly - always pushing to move away people so that can get what is not rightly ours. The reasons for all wars is either for obtaining goods or for religious reasons. It is sad.
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