Two years ago, the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme banned the import of rough diamonds from the Central African Republic. Buyers expect an end to the export ban soon as demand is growing steadily on the global market.
The Red Cross said that six volunteers were killed in an attack on a health clinic. A recent uptick in attacks in the country's southeast sparked renewed fears of conflict akin to 2013's civil war.
Rebels in the Central African Republic (CAR) are regrouping and up to 20 people have been killed in recent attacks. Peace continues to elude the CAR two years after a UN peacekeeping mission there was launched.
Sectarian violence has flared in the Central African Republic leaving at least 20 villagers dead in a remote village. UN peacekeepers have been dispatched to quell some of the worst bloodshed in months.
The value of the diamond has not yet been determined, but it could easily be worth tens of millions of dollars. So-called "blood diamonds" fueled a vicious civil war in Sierra Leone that left up to 120,000 dead.
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