The World Diamond Council (WDC) hosted its first Kimberley Process (KP) Observers Forum at the 2016 KP Plenary Meeting in Dubai. The forum was created to provide an opportunity for WDC members, industry experts, and civil society partners to meet and discuss common goals and efforts in the industry.
As the sun and heat poured over me, I walked closer to the edge of the pit. I was in Liberia’s diamond country, and steppes of shovelled rocks had been dug out of the surrounding forest. The two miners didn’t miss a beat. Shovelling away the heavy dirt, they didn’t lose out hope that today they would find a diamond. For two months they’ve been digging. For two months they’ve come home empty-handed.