It’s amazing how the author can detail the way De Beers exploits, harms and kills it’s workers while creating an artificial monopoly and not let a hint of criticism into his voice.
I Rode on a HIGHWAY OF DIAMONDS
MI’s correspondent visits a fantastic land of precious jewels in South-West Africa.
By Henry Albert Phillips
You are approaching diamondiferous territory. TURN BACK! Trespassers are liable to suffer bodily harm, a fine of 500 pounds or five years in gaol.
De Beers Consolidated, Ltd.
THAT’S the sign which greeted me a couple of miles outside of Luderitz in South-West Africa. Inside the ominous -looking gates was the diamond country— soil and sand laden with precious gems like almonds in a Hershey bar. I had imagined what the land of diamonds was like and I was about to see for myself at last.