Blood Diamonds and Religious War: Diamonds and Division

Fellows 2014

By Benedict Moran

January 29, 2015

Also aired on VICE News

The Central African Republic is one of the poorest countries in the world, but it is also rich in natural resources. One of the official mining sectors has collapsed amid the country's ongoing conflict, and now both sides are benefitting from the illicit trade of gold and diamonds. Clashes over control of the many mines have also created religious tension in places where there previously had been none.

VICE News traveled to mines located in the heart of the Central African Republic to see how the battle over natural resources is playing out in one of the world's most violent conflicts.

Ben Moran reported from the Central African Republic on a fellowship with the International Reporting Project (IRP).