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Diamond prospectors sift through the earth in the Corbert mine in Waiima, Sierra Leone in 2000. (AP)
Diamond prospectors sift through the earth in the Corbert mine in Waiima, Sierra Leone in 2000. (AP)

Charles Taylor, the former president of Liberia, is awaiting sentencing in the Hague; he was recently convicted of committing war crimes in Sierra Leone in the 1990s. The judges said Taylor supplied arms and other help to rebels in exchange for so-called "blood diamonds" mined in Sierra Leone.

Today diamond mining is apparently "clean" and a major industry in the impoverished west African country. The BBC's Mark Doyle reports on the contribution diamond mining is making to Sierra Leone's development.

This segment aired on May 21, 2012.

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