Zimbabweseeks to polish diamond sector's tainted image
Accused of being opaque , corrupt and murderous , Zimbabwe’s diamond sector wants to polish its image.
Beneath Zimbabwe's soil lies wealth that could help transform the country's battered economy .
Zimbabweis home to the diamond fields -- one of Africa's largest in Africa -- and has the potential to supply 25 percent of the world's diamonds . Yet very few investors have been willing to cross the Rubicon.
That is because the sector has become synonymous with graft , torture and murder that has been linked to some of the highest powers in the land .
Rights groups say 200 people were killed in 2008 at Marange when the Zimbabwean army and anti – riot police cleared small - scale miners .
人權團體說，2008 年辛巴威軍隊與鎮暴警察處理小礦場礦工糾紛時，約有200 人遭殺害。
Zimbabwe was consequently banned from the Kimberley Process , a watchdog for the diamond trade．
The ban was only lifted when the government said it had pulled out security forces out of the area.