Outside Magazine has an interview this month with Blood Diamond‘s Oscar Nominated Djimon Hounsou.
In the interview, they discuss the diamond industry’s concerns over the launch of the movie, and how it will affect their sales, saying that these are issues of the past. Says Hounsou, “Obviously, things have toned down in Sierra Leone, but people are still dying, and being displaced, over conflict diamonds in countries like the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It’s not enough to get it down to even 1 percent when the abuse and the use of child soldiers is continuing.”
And what about doing this film about a situation in Africa? Djimon said, “Africa is my continent. It is where I opened my eyes. The more awareness we can bring to an issue there, the more people will rally the leaders of developed countries to do something about it.”
Could it sound any more eloquent? He encourages consumers to ask their diamond companies about their practices, to continue improving the situation. And no, he doesn’t encourage us to all flush our engagement rings. Just to make sure that we can enjoy our diamonds, and wear them comfortably. After all, who wants to represent such a joyous occassion like an engagement or any diamond-receiving day thinking that someone might have died for that rock.
Outside Magazine: All That Glitters
Thanks for the tip, Chris!