They say “Diamonds are forever,” but Hands for Africa says human lives and human limbs aren’t. Consider Maria, an 8-month-old baby girl in Sierra Leone. In an act of unfathomable cruelty, her arm was hacked off by the “rebel” terrorists of the Revolutionary United Front (RUF). The RUF mob sought to impose its will on Sierra Leone by chopping off thousands of civilian hands, feet and ears. Thousands more people have simply been slaughtered and left to rot in village streets. Men, women, children, civilian, soldier; it makes no difference to the rebels that were supported by these conflict diamonds purchased by the united states and the rest of the western world.
What we can do together? With one million signatures we can push Congress to put pressure on the international diamond trade. The United States is the premier retail market for diamonds, it has the clout to force a cleanup. Major diamond trading companies seem determined to turn a blind eye. The United States must force that eye open. You can be part of this amazing movement!
Retailers cannot guarantee that the diamond you purchase is not a conflict diamond. As consumers, we have the power to change that by demanding details about the diamonds we buy. Demanding proof that a diamond is conflict-free sends a powerful message to the world that we will not support an industry or nation that helps fund terror groups. Change won’t happen overnight, but it will happen if we are persistent. You can also help by clicking here to get your own “STOP BLOOD DIAMONDS” wristband.
No words need to be said to stop this horrific issue.
I think Hands For Africa is a great organization. The effort put forth by the people who created it is outstanding and amazing. At times you think does anybody even care about the people on the other side of the world. When you hear about the atrocities going on it makes me stop and think then I begin to thank God for my many blessings. Keep up the good work.
The work Hands For Africa is doing is absolutely extraordinary. I fully support their effort to enforce only conflict-free diamond sales.
Keep up the good work. God Bless you guys for caring about these issues!! We buys these diamonds from the store and simply turn the other cheek…
You have my full support.
If and when I buy a diamond, I want to know where it is coming from. It is not okay that we take them without making sure that they are not from this area. The violence needs to stop.
David M. Fraser,
Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored – Aldous Huxley. We can either ignore the facts on the atrocities of blood dimonds or we can do something to fix them. I choose to fix them, how about you?
I believe that this organization is doing a great job with trying to help people. Its amazing to see how many people really do care about others lifestyles and who want to make a difference and help.
Wishing all the best and spreading the word.
Monica EZIRIM, Switzerland,
All those who buy diamonds coming from a conflict area are co-responsible for all inhuman treatments inflicted to the civilians. These buyers DONT HAVE MORE HUMAN SYMPATHY NOR FEELINGS than the RUF and all the Gouvernments people behind them.
Please do everything you can to help.
No blood for diamonds!
Kallan Ryan Smith,
All it takes is one person to make a difference, which in turn starts a movement. I believe if we all start asking questions the rules of the game will change. How else can I help make this movement successful?I just purchased a necklace and a t-shirt but feel I can do more. You have my 100% support!
Viet N. Trinh,
We need to need to start holding ourselves accountable for our actions.
Michael Di Lorenzo,
Douglas R. McDonald,
A great organization doing a great thing. Keep up the great and important work!
This is why I don't purchase or wear diamonds!
While it should be recognized that a refusal to import conflict diamonds would necessarily drive up diamond prices, it is not ethical as members of the human race to accept the misery of others solely to pad our pockets.
I can only hope more people can stop worrying about range rovers and pedicures to assist those who are forced to fear for their lives and limbs.
Stop the blood diamond trade save a life
Brandy J. Husbands,
I sign this for those who don't have a voice and for their hopeful future
Marisa & Bret,
Keep hope alive…
Let's join hands and stop the Blood Diamond Trade
We can help stop this torture!
We should not turn our eyes and hearts away from these precious souls.
Elvia E. Olvera,
One step at a time with one hand at a time can begin to make change.
These atrocities have to stop! If the United States has the power to do something to save these people than it needs to be done. I do not and will not buy diamonds EVER because of human cruelty and slavery and I urge that no one should be contributing to this.
Lets stop these horrific acts of violence NOW!
Please help them!!
Patrick T. Lynch,
Haja Ramatulai Wurie,
God Bless you and your hard work.
It might be easy to turn a blind eye when the things we do effect the lives of people we can't see, but as a wealthy nation that is in the forefront of international policy and decision making, it is important that we don't just say we strive for human rights on our land and beyond it, but actually reflect these ideals in our everyday choices. Please help us to demand proof that the diamonds sold in this country are conflict-free and not provided at the cost of others.
Hands for Africa is a wonderful organization. When I am ready to look for an engagement ring, I will not be buying a conflict diamond. Nothing of a materialistic nature is worth a human being's life.
always glad to help such an amazing organization.
God Bless ou for the work that you o.
I think its great what you guys doing having a voice for the no voices
Thank you for caring.
Absolutely moving! If America is so concerned with the rest of the world- why are people still hurting and dying over this?
Mazen Faysal – I dont know what to say or think when i read a story like maria's. I am truly blessed.
The beauty of a diamond is not worth all of this pain, killing, and environmental destruction.
Love & Peace
I will demand proof for conflict free diamonds.
HANDS FOR AFRICA!! My hands are here to help, i will spread the word and tell everyone that comes by me and those that don't i will go to them! We wil help every single one of them that need our help
I hate to see childrens lives destroyed and hurt!
I do not own or purchase anything with diamonds, for this issue exactly. Our vanity is not worth the risk the pain and suffering of so many people. I value human life, over shiny objects.
You have 100% support from a fellow Sierra Leonean
Since I could not financially support, well, anything right now unfortunately (barely have enough cash to live on), I will definitely sign the petitions to stop this ridiculous bloody war. Diamonds are lame! Vanity is not worth pain and suffering! Especially since the recipients of such a little rock did nothing to earn it, or even see how it came to them–in the form of death. There are plenty of other beautiful gems out there that did not come from blood.
keep up the great work!
spread the word
Heard about the organization through a representative at my university. This is a great cause.
Here's to ending the conflict-diamond trade, keep up the great work!
Good luck! I think it will be hard, because these importers are making so much money.
Please stop this madness!!
Thank you for the work that you do.
NO MORE BLOOD DIAMONDS!
Jennifer M. Robinson,
Im really interested in volunteering
Stop funding terrorist "rebels"
Tell your friends and family to sign this petition right away. Share this on your Facebook page and lets get congress to STOP turning a blind eye. This is heinous inhuman way to treat people JUST for diamonds. Help curb the conflict by starting with the buyers in USA.
God bless you, guys! Keep up the good work!
Abbey Jewelry Studio,
As a conscious jewelry design and fabrication studio, we are aware of the true costs of all our materials, social and environmental, and have committed ourselves to be conscious, sustainable, and toxin free and make all our jewelry with Love. This includes conflict free fair trade diamonds and gemstones that are mined with ecologically sustainable practices. All our studio practices are also socially and environmentally conscious. However we are still making our living by an industry that has taken much, and we feel it is our responsibility to heal the damage done. Please encourage your local jeweler to do the same!
Hands for Africa is another wonderful step to educating the world of the true cost of diamonds. Please don't stop here, learn of the horrific cost of metal mining (including gold, silver and platinum) and gemstones.
I have never really been a fan of diamonds, but now the chances of me ever buying got even slimmer, and if i ever do i want to be sure it was conflict free. Keep up the good work, and thanks for opening up my eyes about this.
Stephanie A. Portillos,
I have heard of such terrors, but to see this being done to EVEN children is despicable!
hi i am hoping to volunteer at the oc fair this next week coming up let me know if there anything else i can do to help. i don't have much money but i have time.. :)
This evil must be confronted and stopped!! I'm praying for your efforts. God Bless You!
I am a U.S. A. resident that married in 1995 at the age of 22 years old. I chose to have a wedding ceremony that reflected African and African American beliefs and traditions. My groom and I jumped the broom, performed a libation ceremony, and refused to purchase wedding rings with diamonds on them because of the acts of cruelty being performed on Africans in the diamond mines. This website and its' images of precious people with limbs missing really helps me to see how I was trying to take a stand for something that is far more serious than what I could hav eever imagined. I pledge to spread the word about these horrible acts. Thank you Hands for Africa for educating us all.
This is an atrocity that needs to be made public. Something needs to be done to help these people and to stop the conflicts over diamonds.
The deplorable treatment of children, women and men is a true atrocity !
Thanks for spreading awareness and helping the victims. I will definitely do my research on any diamond (if I get one) or precious stones and make sure that the gems are not a result of bloodshed.
God bless you guys for bringing up this horrific issue, and trying to help all of those that are innocent.
Idahly (14),Sophey (11), and Elayne (9) Carbajal,
We really hope it stops and we hope we can help.
Thank you for being the voice of hope for so many who cannot do it themselves!
You guys are awesome!
The world should not turn a blind eye towards the suffering of human beings.
Materialism is bad enough as it is but to allow it to rob us of our moralities is far beyond acceptable. Every human being has a heart. All living things have feelings. We need to put an end to the suffering. First, we must put an end to indifference.
Do not buy blood diamonds!
STOP THIS MADNESS!!!!
I think its wonderful that there are people out there that care about what is.going on in third world countries the se blood diamonds need to stop
thank you for your work…I have not worn a diamond for 10 years, not even my wedding ring…keep up the good work.
I am truly thankful to those who are supporting this cause, you are all angels in doing so. I am offering myself to break the silence.
Luriel Jo Alcantara Gantuangco,
My thoughts and prayers are with the victims, may this horrific crime stop!
I agree…stop blood diamonds!
This organization is great!
The motive behind this cause should span a larger area of the globe because the methods in which these diamonds are attained is vile, and the conditions and consequences for those victims should not be tolerated any longer.
i heard about this group at the irvine spectrum and i just couldnt believe how badly they could treat these people and ive always wanted to go to africa all growing up just waiting for the chance to go so i could help as much as i could and when i found out about you guys i just got so motivated to help out i want to start a club on my high school campus for hands for africa and i also want to start volenteering as much as i can with whatever you guys need help with. you guys are so awesome for starting this and i wanna help as much as i can
I support this
Human life is very valuable. It is the right to every person and no one should be able to damage the life of another. Please believe in love and you'll find that this is unnecessary and immoral to force and hurt people to do something against their will. Love is always there and it is always an option.
Thank you for caring and doing.
Definitely support your efforts in Africa. But just stop buying blood diamonds can not stop such cruel things happening again. They need good governance.
Expose the truth!!!!
I believe in stopping the mistreatment of civilians in African nations by this rebel group and I think the best way to accomplish this is if we had certified conflict-free diamonds. Therefore, I support this organization's efforts to reduce and potentially eliminate the "blood diamond" trade.
Thank you for raising awareness about this issue!
god bless this organization
Drawlan Shuo Jan Teng,
there's a simple truth that I can't seem to remember, diamond is just a rock right?
so there we go a rock? Vs. a person's wellbeing?
I hope this stops completely!!! It's not right!
Such a great organization:)
Seriously, the turmoil in Africa is one that no one can turn a blind eye to. Let's get real, and force a change.
Oke Orugba Okiomah,
You would think after an Academy Award Movie about this issue, that Americans would be more aware. It is truly a shame that we must first pressure congress to act against diamond trade… if only diamonds could be converted to energy like crude oil
Sierra Leone is one of the poorest places in the world. They just went through a civil war. Let's do our part to stop this horrible blood diamond trade. We can help these people live normal lives! Sign the petition!
Congress, the purchase of Blood Diamonds in unacceptable. It has been responsible for the killing and maiming of thousands of men, women, and children. We need to demand that retailers stop selling Blood Diamonds. They need to be held accountable and be honest about where their diamonds are coming from. The diamond industry needs to change.
Mary M Cares,
Americans have proven to be the driving force of support for human rights, and this horror must be addressed strongly. Intergrity and education is key to influence the buyers and final purchaser, who ultimately control the market.
Keep up the effort!
so sad that such a beautiful jewel is coming from such horrible conditions
My wedding ring better not be a blood diamond !!!
I want to be a part of this change and I hope that this cruelty and injustice stops for good!!! THANK YOU very much for what you guys do and I truly believe this is a great cause!!
Excited to be a part of this movement!
Diamonds are not worth the suffering of innocent people!
I admire the commitment that this Organization has towards an important world cause. I've decided to learn more about this particular subject that was so unknown to me. Thanks for bringing "Shalom" (Peace)!
I fully support this movement
Lisa S Garrison,
We met some rep at the LA Fair Grounds. I had heard about this on T.V. so I was aware of this SERIOUS problem!!! I was only able to get a shirt and a bracelet, but I want to tell as many people as I can and maybe they can do more then I was able to. Me myself is not a fan of Diamonds anyway,s. But it still makes me want to find out more about how a lot of thing we like are produced and manufactured. Like Ivory and Diamonds. God bless you all who are helping this cause. May we all do more to HELP the kid's.
We want to thank Solomon for bringing this to our attention. We hold this close to our heart because with help from sponsors we wouldn't have been able to get a prosthetic for our daughter who was born without a hand. Thank you for all you do:)
Spreading the word
Darlene D. Garcia,
help people walk again or hold again.
need stop the violence
You are awesome, keep up the good work!
Rebecca C. Geminn,
We take things for granted everyday, not thinking about how others have it worse. People have no trouble paying 20bux for one meal. Today I decided to cook at home, and donate my lunch money to people who really need it
Just showing my support.
All you pathetic human beings who take advantage of others have no ability to completely control your own life and self. Your very existence is to fortify the bond between real humans, may you realize your actions destroy lives, and in the end your very own. The karma, law of attraction frequency, the feelings you give off around you on a daily basis bring about decay. You may have your spoils, but your heart, soul and mind are rotten and blacker than the deepest abyss.
Lets all take a moment to say a prayer for this world, this is not our home and one day we will be with our father.
i feel great that i bought a hangs for africa shirt yesterday :)
I am very proud of what Hands For Africa is doing. Few people I know my age (mid-20s, marrying age) consider conflict-free when they are looking for their engagement rings. I want to point them in the right direction.
advertise this website more so more people can know about it and i will do my part
together we can make african a free continent
I donated money to help this cause and i feel wonderful that I was able to help someone in need.!
I will like to hear more about the Hands for Africa organization. I have studied about the diamonds… Being a young adolescent, I have learned a lot about these type of terrible acts and time, and i believe that this organization will help stop the injustice and exploitation of the diamonds. This type of issue cannot be ignored. It must be stopped, and the process of mending should start. I support this organization 100%
Los Angeles, California
I'm honored to lend a helping hand.
this breaks my heart
We are all our brothers keepers, keep up the good work and thank you for addressing this serious issue.
Thank You Hands For Africa for attempting to make things better for everyone that is been affected by this outrageous Industry. God Bless all who are a part of this.
Jerri Robinson – Garcia,
Heidi Kemp Leicht,
we must not support this in any way!!!! shame on us for not already having something in place to protect these people and us as consumers.
We americans buy organic paper towels and humane raised chicked at an high premium. It is time to do the same with diamonds!
When I was informed a few years ago about these horrible acts I vowed never to wear diamonds again. A gem has the value that we give it and if this is what people have to go through, then diamonds have no value for me.
James E. Speagle,
No action, no change. Limited action, limited change. Lots of action – Change occurs." Catherine Pulsifer
Rachael Van Ost,
Julian Van Ost,
We, as human beings, can be part of this horrific tragedy or try to be part of the solution. If this is the only way I can be a part of the solution then so be it.
My heart goes out to all those affected by this tragedy – you have my full support.
This is just so sad and disgusting to me. How could something like this happen? This needs to be stopped!
I saw the movie "Blood Diamonds" and was disheartened. Everyone should be treated with respect and dignity.
Must I really explain why I'm supporting this. It's true love.
So sad. Always always always insist that your diamond is local or at least conflict-free.
Stop the VIOLENCE!!!
This has got to stop. Period.
Maria E Lisa Purcell,
God speed to this organization and it's mission.
Bless you and bless their lives.
This needs to stop and the awareness needs to spread!
I completely admire what everyone is doing within this organization. You all have my support as well. God bless.
This must stop now!! I am praying for God's intervention & healing for this beautiful people! God Bless You for your efforts & for education us about this horrible situation.
May God make it easier for our little sister Maria
Awesome cause, keep it up.
this is ridiculous lets stop this for all of these people.
I was born in Africa and am highly aware of the atrocities being committed. Keep up the good work guys.
No words can express the sadness brought to my heart when I hear of blood diamonds.
Im wit it
I support the cause Hands for Africa and the fight against blood diamonds.
By continuing to buy Blood Diamonds, we are enabling the mistreatment of many. To them it is life or death; to us it is diamond or gem.
Awareness is the first step towards a better tomorrow!
PLEASE BRING AN END TO THIS HORRIBLE, INHUMANE ISSUE AFFLICTING HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE, JUST FOR A TINY STONE. MANDATE THE CERTIFICATION OF DIAMONDS SO PEOPLE WILL NOT LOSE THEIR LIVES OR LIMBS OVER THIS EVER AGAIN!
This cruelty needs to STOP !
This is very saddening!!!! :(
What an amazing feeling to stumble upon an inspiring organization whom spends their time and energy helping the deserved individuals effected by this cruel act of selfishness. Thank you Hands of Africa, you give hope to this world that there are beautiful minded individuals left amongst mankind.
I'm in full support of all of your great work!
Hands for Africa is an amazing organization!! Even if you can't support personally, spread the word and find people who will. There is NO excuse for the ignorance of man kind to push this heavy hearted matter under the rug. The world needs us now, more then it ever has before!!!!
Breanna Rose Montague,
Gabriel N. Nowak,
Shiny rocks are not worth human lives.
Lucy D. Kou,
Blood for diamonds must stop immediately; it is absolutely necessary to spread the word and get involved!
Ivette I A,
This is a sad, sad country just to know that something like a diamond (BLOOD DIAMONDS) that last for ever as people say, supports the individuals involed,yet hundred and thosands of innocent people PAYED the PRICE with thier life. I think and ask myself, do these people involed realize that, or even say to them self the day they DIE EVERYTHING THEY HAVE WILL STAY BEHIND. Thank GOD for this website, HANDS FOR AFRICA and the people that support it. Lets remember one, or a million voice and respond makes a diffrence. GOD BLESS YOU ALL IN AFRICA
Marla Ochoa Perez,
GOD BLESS AFRICA!!
Nhi Ngoc Nguyen,
Lewis Roy Kelly,
I think this is a great way to stop the violence
Hands to touch, hands to hold. Hands to give, hands to receive. it's past time to lend a hand …
Amy Jo Heatherly,
Patrick Smith Hudson,
No deberiamos ver los diamantes ni ninguna joya como objetos tan preciados y codiciados. Debieramos verlos tal como son: objetos, bellos por sierto pero solo como un objeto. La avaricia corrompe el corazon y nos divide como pueblo, humano; nos separa y nos destruye. Existen bellezas mas puras como el amor y la fraternidad, es eso lo que debiera ser valorado…
PLEASE IMPLEMENT STRICTER POLICIES TO MAKE MORE PEOPLE AWARE! HANDS FOR AFRICA ROCKS!
this horrible cruelty needs to cease.
Stop Blood Diamonds!!!
I support this cause 100% We need to put a stop to this !!
Hi, my name is Catalina, I'm 18 years old ,I'm from Chile (South America) and I would love to recive some information about proyects in Africa. I want to go and help people, please let me know anything.
I really admire you!
Keep doing what you're doing, it will really make a differance
Such an excellent cause that the donations go to. Hopefully the petition can bump the issue up in Congress to increase the political significance of the international diamond trade and raise awareness of the impacts it has on innocent people.
Nothing gives anybody the right to commit such torturous crimes.
This is a very serious issue that cannot be ignored. We must do all we can to stop this tragedy and help those already affected.
This needs to be put an end once and for all!
We must band together to stop this cruelty.
No one, children especially, shouldn't have to go through something like this.
Please stop the amputating people's limbs just because they don't want to mine for diamonds for your country. This is wrong morally and ethically and it should be illegally as I am sure it might be someday internationally.
I pray that sooner rather than later we can put an end to the inhumanity and violence.
Just bought a t-shirt on campus at Arizona State University.
Thank you for everything that you are doing.
This organization was brought to my attention by a volunteer at asu. I wish your organization the best of luck at preventing the international trade of blood diamonds and wish the victims of the rebels the best of luck.
If you are going to buy a ring, be sure to ask your retailer about conflict diamonds. This will put social pressure on them and they will in turn put pressure on the diamond distributors. Go~ Hands for Africa!
George Sebastian Perez,
The diamonds bought cannot surmount to the mass lives lost trying to possess them; wealth blindfolds us. There is strength in numbers.
Amazing Organizaton! i need to make a difference in someone's life!
Tyler Donald Ortega,
I love what you guys are doing, and support 100%!
One day we'll move beyond violence period. Movements like this are large steps towards that goal. I support everything you're doing. Keep up the amazing work.
This can and should be stopped
Ana María Salas Herrán,
Thank you hands for Africa and the great work you are doing. I pray that we can help encourage this ever growing tragedy to come to a close and the people and families of Africa may return to peace.
That movie blood diamonds showed how bad the work in getting diamonds is;as many people are hurt and killed by other people. Please stop it.
This is a truly noble cause and I appreciate that it is giving my girlfriend a new sense of purpose and direction in her life and something to get behind and support. You guys are amazing!
i hope you guys hit 1,000,000 and more..goodluck!!
EVERY LIFE IS VERY IMPORTANT ,stupidity and greed do we will lead to nothing only at destruction.
I already got the wristband and the shirt. And waiting for a necklace. Just wanted to sign this…
I truly believe that something can be done about this situation. Obviously, not immediately, but with hard work and perseverance.
Say NO to blood diamonds!!
Are women just racoons for shiny objects? There is more beauty than just a ggem the size of a pencil point.
My name is Amonte Baines, a student at Arizona State University. Recently, I was informed of your organization through a set of people hosting tables around the campus promoting and advertising the idea for Hands for Africa. Moved, I have decided to help in many ways, including forming clubs on the ASU campus dedicated to spread knowledge about causes such as these as well as several others, and also utilizing the things learned from this organization to write a research paper in my English 102 class, devoted to helping other students as well as others to so that they may become more educated and informed about the many hardships that our human race undergoes everyday. It would be nice to get some feedback from you guys, so that this cause can be taken to the next level.
Thanks for your time and I look forward to assist in any way,
Singing this petition because I think that this huge problem should have been stopped long ago, and that we must take every steps that we can to save "blood diamond" victims, mostly women and children!
This is beautiful, I'm really glad to see people still care and work for a difference. Thank you all for helping prove a point. Truly something amazing.
Sarai Vazquez Duran,
This is a truly amazing organization! I will do all I can to help these beautiful people, and give them the freedom they deserve!!
Sherry Faye Beeler,
Aminou Ndala TITA,
The should be a world day to combat this evil
Met volunteers on Ucla campus today and very glad I donated and learned about this organization. Going to spread awareness
This is an atrocity. It should be stopped.
STOP BLOOD DIAMONDS
I'm grateful that Hands for Africa is making a statement through their charitable work. After hearing about their cause, I'd like to start a Hands for Africa club at University of Los Angeles California.
As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others. Give hands to Africa. :)
These cruel people make those diamonds look ugly. It's just great to see that in this cruel world there is still people who cares and try to help. I hope that there will be more good and caring people and will become less cruel! (BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD! – Gandhi)
Lets do whatever we can and then a little more
Wayne Joseph Mario Karim,
Donated today, this issue needs to be stopped.
sending love to Africa <3
God bless you and your work for the people of Earth
Caren Jasmin Inda Perez,
Onesimo Inda Gonzalez,
Do you have a twitter, facebook page, etc? I would love to spread the message!!!
I am actually doing a research paper on conflict diamonds. I have also heard a few songs from a few rap artists who actually condone conflict diamonds and for something like this to happen to our human race is actually pretty sad. The "rebels" are tormenting and abusing such innocent people of many African villages. Not only does it hurt them, but it also hurts other countries because those diamonds are being sold to consumers, but yet consumers aren't aware about conflict diamonds. They just buy them because it's such an appeal to them that they don't care who or where it came from, but they buy it for the beauty of it.
Good job you are doing
Stop blood diamonds
Wei Chia Chen,
Diamonds are forever. Yet they know where they are from. From people's lives.
Are diamonds really worth this suffering?
What if you were in the same position… what would you want others to do?!?
This is horrible no one or a child should go through this, god help africa and the world. Shame on the people who do this horrific act.
one step closer to the end of this
Because of the cruelty that is brought forth diamonds in general. I have vowed never to purchase diamond, I would take a less precious gem stone any day. I could not proudly wear any piece of jewelry that cost any human being their happiness or lively hood.
I wish i could do more!!!
i admire what you are doing for the people of Africa. you have my support.
Jessica Padilla Palomo,
what happened to Maria is awful and should be stopped.fair play to hands for Africa for putting a stop to this.more charities should be doing the same thing.
Watching the video really opened my eyes. To think that we complain about every single little thing in our daily lives, while these people live in fear of losing their limbs every day is just so heart-wrenching. I really hope you guys will get those 1 million signatures. The sisters of Chi Sigma Phi will do all that we can to promote awareness in the community. What you guys are doing is really just so amazing. Thank you.
Watching a part of the documentary which was merely A GLIMPSE of the reality the people of Sierra Leone experienced was unbearable enough. I am thankful to the members of the "HANDS FOR AFRICA" movement for spreading knowledge and truth, and for catching my attention because now I can do my part. TO THOSE WHO ARE NOT ABLE TO DONATE OR VOLUNTEER, PLEASE HELP BY INFORMING OTHERS ABOUT THIS CAUSE AND TRUTHS BEHIND THE INTERNATIONAL DIAMOND TRADE.
To pass this law as soon as possible is simply to be humane and human.
May the Lord continue to Bless your ministry and keep you encouraged to fight the good fight.
The cruelty that humans are capable of no longer surprises me.
My husband and friends think I'm crazy for not wanting to buy diamonds, but they still do not understand the depth which this human tragedy is rooted in the greed of our society. When will humans stop being so innately cruel to one another over something that does not belong to them?
Ali Van De Graaff,
thank you so much for doing this. I really pray that this will be successful!
Wearing blood diamonds will never make any one happy. Increase awareness – Say No to blood Diamonds
Ivy R. Jordan,
Lourdes Benegas Cabezos,
Extraordinary work. Those people deserve a better future.
Thank you for setting up this petition, I am doing an advocasy speech in my speech and debate class, informing them about the infamy behind blood diamonds and this petition will truly help prevent wrong-doings like what they did to Maria. This organization really means a lot to me.
It's just so horrible to see these images. It just breaks my heart to see them. Even little children are working. Children need to have freedom and do what they want. No Matter What I Want This To End!!!!!!!!!
Retailers should be able to stand behind the diamonds that they sell and provide their customers with a guarantee not only of the standard quality, but of how they purchased them. No person should be injured only for commerce and the quest for the all mighty diamonds. It is only an object, people are more important.
Alejandra Cruz <\'3,
There is always hope.
We need to stop buying/selling these blood diamonds because this S*** isn't cool and they don't deserve this painful life and suffering because they are forced to mine these blood diamonds for nothing except pain and a hard life and/or death. I pray that they don't have to keep this horrible thing up and I pray that they have a happy life that they deserve. :)
I think what you guys are doing is so awesome and if there is any other way i can help let me know. I totally support this
The people who do this make me sick
I was doing a research project for my Humanities class and my topic was Conflict Diamonds…I had no idea that many people have been abused just for our joy and I have strong feelings towards this topic! I think that what you guys do in Hands For Africa is amazing and I have been truly inspired.
It has never been a more important time for Washington politicians to act on legislation to prevent the sale of conflict diamonds in the United States
I hope this reaches someone and makes a difference. This is a terrible tragedy so many of us buy into without even realizing. Awareness is key.
No jewl is that important! No money is worth the lives and limbs lost!
Karen Lozano Andrade,
Keep up good work!
Praying for peace.
life doesn't have to be this cruel! :(
Many thanks to this organization for taking the lead on actions that have long needed to take place to stop these wars. Don't stop fighting, together we can make a difference!
LiLi Dong Mandler,
I am 9 years old and I'm doing a report on Blood Diamonds. Its horrible that they cut off arms, legs or other things because the victims didn't do anything wrong.
Its so nice to see people that really care about others and help them.
I support this cause 100 %
i think you guys are doing the right thing.
What makes a diamond pure is the energy behind it. Don't allow diamonds to be sold that are laced with violence, hate, or corruption. Whoever is spearheading this thing needs to know that human lives are more important than their monetary gain.
I really want to do my part about his issue because it is definitely a serious one. I know they are more issues than people being mistreated when it comes to diamond mining. The mining itself destroys the environment around it with the toxic substances that are part of the process of mining diamonds. I plan on helping raise funds for this organization with my high school club.
I am of the opinion that, if our government and that of the western nations institute a policy preventing the buying of these diamonds, there will be no incentives for these rebels to continue with these inhumane practices. It will very prudent for the U.S. government to lead in this fight.
I have complete faith that a better day/world is coming for Africa… let us all do our part in assisting this great humanitarian effort launched by Hands for Africa!
Best of luck.
Rosario Ibañez Gil Flood,
It's always a feel good mood when you can pitch in to help further a beneficial cause in the world.
I can't believe this is still happening today I learned about this actually through the movie "blood diamonds" with Matt Damon in it.
sabrina judah sinclair,
I think this is a wonderful organization that I proudly support! Great work!
I've never owned a diamond. Now that I know what a blood diamond is I am SO very glad. Surely, it is time for all the cruelty in the world to end. How can some people justify profiting from such cruel acts?
It saddens me that not more people wish to be informed about this matter, that they believe just because it isn't happening to them, this issue may not be of such priority. I wish more people would at least stop a moment and listen.
Years ago, I stopped wearing diamonds, and continue to protest them until we see change. A human life in NOT worth a twinkle on your finger.
Glad i could at least help in this way.
Donated at UCI earlier today, I can't believe the pain and suffering these people go through, especially the children. They deserve a chance to live better lives, and we can help do that.
Melissa S Jozsa,
I'm only 18 years old.. I don't know if this can help.. But it has to stop.
This is just, so cruel :(
I wish I could help more. If there's anything I can do, please do tell.
I'm from México.
And keep working hard for this cause.
Stop the profiting of compressed carbon at the sacrifice of human limbs, lives, and rights!!
I proudly stand by you all to stop this madness over such a silly rock.
It may be difficult to change this world, but at least we should try.
No words can express the sorrow I feel for what is happening to all of these people. I will never buy a diamond that is not conflict free!!
These people need help restoring lost hope in African countries affected by civil wars funded by blood diamonds. I will educate anyone I know about the affects of a "beautiful" diamond. Not beautiful when it's covered with blood. You have my full support.
Peace will someday be restored
wat s ths lif
Awake Mother Africa…….If you are as sleep then your children are dying ……and your name is fading away……….and your house is become a desolate as a dozen …………without an oasis …………… It is so quiet unfortunate that because of diamond my beloved Continent has been blind folded……….Where a brother is killing a brother where there is blood thirsty………Awake Mother Africa……….I sympathize with all the victims that got involved because of the diamond…….. God Bless Mother Africa……..God Bless you all…..Amen
Sergio Giraldo Pinzón,
God bless Africa… God bless our entire world from negativity and wrong acts.
I truly admire the mission of Hands for Africa. I wish there was more ways to bring more awareness about blood diamonds and the inhumane ways that innocent people have been treated.
At least I can do something. Thanks. I'll spread the word.
God bless the victims, into survivors.
Álvaro Andrade Cobo,
STOP this now!
I fully support Hands of Africa and what they stand for, I'm glad to help out any way i can to demand for conflict free diamonds in the US. It's the right thing to do
lets dont allow more kids to suffer, they need love and protection.
it is sick that this still goes on i say get rid of it completely
I greatly support the Kimberly scheme, the only way African countries can eliminate this civil wars is by eliminating all the blood diamonds in the market. however it could give me great pressure if Congo joins hand in this fight.
I just recently became aware of the "conflict diamonds" . Though I am very new to the issue, I'm willing to do anything to help.
Helps us in central African Republic.Stop this sickness .
"A difference, to be a difference, must make a difference."
- Gertrude Stein
stop it now
I believe we as humans have the duty to protect our neighbors, no matter what color they are, no matter how far they are, no matter how different they are. It is unacceptable to let things like this happen in the world, there is no excuse to let children suffer from the actions of their adults. We all need to act now, and stop this horrifying diamond trade.
Brian Means jr.,
Itallia V Pacentine,
Helen Keller said .. " I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief aim and duty to accomplish small and ordinary tasks as though they are great and noble".. I can assure you that your work at Hands For Africa is "great and noble". Stay at it.
"Sympathy is no substitute of action".. Dr. David Livingstone
May God bless these innocent men, women and children
Wearing my wristbands as i type! Lets change the world! :)
This is outrageous – I have never bought a diamond, and never will, especially after I learnt all about it and wrote a whole research paper. This needs to be stopped.
Thank you for taking on this important issue in our world today. May God bless your cause
Thank you for giving hope to victims of the blood diamond conflict.
It's so important that everyone buys a diamond knowing that it came from a legitimate source and not the awful ways these conflict diamonds do. This has been an issue for many, many years and it's time it comes to a stop!
Thank you for doing this!
I want to help – please let me know if there's anything I can do to help make change!
Janine Marie Balasbas,
Let us not forget that first and foremost we are all part of humanity; it is our job to take care of each other.
I am doing a research project on blood diamonds for my world literature class and the amount of horror that I have seen while researching is a catastrophic sighting ! I hate he fact that our own is being tortured is a mental and physical disease to my heart and mind. PLEASE stop this nonsense , its just redundant how the Europeans seem to enforce slavery here, today. That's all I have to say !!!!
"Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly, defend the rights of the poor and needy." ~ Proverbs 31:8-9
I grieve for these innocent people.
I'm glad I've never owned a diamond, and after hearing of this I never will. I consider them all blood diamonds and human life is priceless; worth so much more than a petty diamond. Its difficult to fathom all of the violence inflicted upon innocent lives for these rocks. Its 2012, when will the violence and cruelty in all this end?
this needs to stop
I am so glad I got to know this great organization recently , I really feel a power and motivation to start doing something on a daily base. Spreading word of cause is a good beginning to get involved in this historic movement.
I support Hands for Africa
A great cause that I am happy to sign the petition for.
I would just love to see the people of this world receive some help. i Believe if we pull together as a natin then the help will come!!!
this is so wrong . it hurts my heart .
If you could send me more facts on this horifying crime that would be great because i am doing a project on diamonds, and best of luck my prayers are with you and best of luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jakara Annalise Rogers,
Say NO to diamonds…. a diamond's brilliance can't hide the scars of cruelity….
thank you for what you do.
Why is that so difficult for the western countries to understand the situation in Africa?.. While we buy diamonds, golds and ivory, there are thousands of human beings dying and suffering every day!!
Michael Phillp Palacios,
its cruel on what happen to these innocent people help stop this horror hands for africa is an amazing orginization
Daniel Iglesias Jr.,
Mian Basit Zia,
I was not certain of this inhumanity being done until I saw the move "Blood Diamond"
I fully support the efforts of "Hands for Africa" to enforce only conflict-free diamond sales.
Life is precious thing; no one deserves to be hurt.
We care about fair-trade chocolate and other goods, so why wouldn't we push for similar requirements to track the source of diamonds? How can we, with all our leisure, really let ourselves turn this blind eye? Do we care more about our comfort and ignorance than the lives of other humans?
I truly believe the greatest impact on the viability of life and hope must come from the strong support and the voices of desired change from the people and for the people here in the US for those whose voices have been silenced by civil war! We must stand up to greed as a people who truly care for those victims in Sierra Leon and throughout Africa.
All voices should be equal… Now I will use mine to spread this
This is something we really need to care about and give more attention to. If nothing else, make an informed decision about the diamond you are purchasing and make sure it is conflict free.
Be the change you want to see in the world
Anything to help out!
Alison Rae Najera,
I will never buy a diamond until this terror has been stopped.
I hope I'm helping.
Yes, I do not fear any of you: De Beers+Nath & Rosenthal+Anyone with Money/Weapons/Corruption
-For I live my life without fear!
This has to stop and there is something to be done.
I have refused to wear diamonds ever since I learned what a "blood diamond" was when I was about 17, I will NEVER wear a diamond EVER! This most stop! I will proudly and gladly sign this petition!
that is horrible how they do this to people i cant even imagine that happening to somebody its just….ugh…. horrible i hate it
its real sad to know that this is what takes place in these countries, i am signing this as an effort to STOP BLOOD DIAMONDS.
This is an amazing organization. I completely support this effort to end blood diamond trade.
Thank you Kristina ( Representative at UCI) for informing me about this issue and for your dedication to the cause.
Harvey A Zambrano C,
Stop blood diamonds
We NEED to put a stop this this. No one deserves it at ANY means let alone to just find superficial diamonds.
Marianne García Rivera,
No blood for diamonds!!
I will always say a prayer for you all. We are all brothers and sisters and I will always support you all. I love you guys!!! Together we can achieve anything.
please sugn me up and how do i get a wristband. thanks in advance
i agree that if we put the labels on these diamonds that there is more awareness to the consumer. It will then promote the consumer to make a wiser choice about the blood diamond trades and massacres for the business. Its the same as sweat shops in other countries. Its everyone's responsibility to do the right thing.
Janine Alejandra Solano,
Peter M. Hanna,
Emilio Armenta Jr.,
I saw people at school within less then one minute I was ready to dig into my pocket to donate, sign the petition, and ask more information about the volunteer program. I am currently in my last year in college and will soon be able to have more time away from school. In addition, if any construction engineering questions are needed to be answered for building, I'd be glad to dig into them along side with a professor and try to help as much as I could.
freedom for Africa
It's great to see how people can help those children!
Estefania Caro Olvera,
You must fight about the fake organizations like "Invisible Children"
Delores M. Doyle,
In history, it has usually been conquests of nations that has caused amputations, whether forced, or by injuries during warfare. This is one of the only times I have ever read of even little children, babies really, losing limbs to someone's greed to mine diamonds. It must be stopped. I would never want to wear diamonds mined at the cost of limbs and cruelty to communities who just happen to live in the vicinity of the diamond mine. Diamonds belong in the Earth anyway. Limbs belong on people.
Lets stop blood diamonds altogether!!!!
Many Blessings for the Hands For Africa organization also to all the INNOCENT African Americans suffering.
Glad to support this amazing cause!
I believe that everybody should be conscious about what is going on in the world. The truth is we need to spread the word and continue to support organizations such as this one that help those who are suffering.
We have to put an end to the atrocities associated with the blood diamond trade. Change begins now by making our voices heard.
I want to volunteer.
This was a class project at first. I had to find a cause and convince my teacher to support it. Well, my teacher did end up signing this petition, but I gained a lot more. I realized that this world is much more then yourself so I will try to get as many people as I can to sign this petition.
I want to end Blood Diamonds
Erick Joseph Rodriguez,
Thank you for opening my eyes, my mind and my heart. I have been unemployed for over a year and looking for work in my field of Design Management. I made a life changing decision and decided to return to school and obtain my Masters in Counseling Psychology, as my dream is to start a "non-profit" crises center. The information you have provided has not only raised my awareness, but has truly made me rethink my life goals a little deeper. I am calling your main office first thing tomorrow morning to learn more about your "non-profit" and what positions you have available.
Peace to you and your amazing efforts.
Keep up the good work on trying to put an end to this!
Amanda Jean Taylor,
abdul rafiq chairman,
is too disheartinning seeing such things happening all ln the name of conflicts and something shoud be done to put an end to that happenings.
Jeffrey La Tourette,
For the People,
Lets all work together to help these poor souls
This is an issue that has been allowed to go on for far too long. Lives should not be endangered for our luxuries and comforts.
nicole elizabeth singer,
This is an issue that needs to be brought forth to the American people. Awareness.
Erica E. Chow,
I think it's terrible that we will support these issues by buying Conflict Diamonds. We wouldn't buy things from the terrorism group that destroyed The World Trade Centers, so why support this? I say we try to end this, now!
50,000 years ago, the human being reached what is called "full behavioral modernity." Humans may have gained more knowledge about the world which provides for them; however, we still commit atrocities against each other. As a member of a democratic nation who's government feels the need to stop terrorism and potential threats beyond our national borders, i cannot see how we can sit back and let the defenseless be mutilated by the thousands and still speak of justice. I am proud to be an American and believe in the principles my nation was founded on. I would hope that the current government along with the rest of the world's governments stop these tragic and senseless crimes from happening. 50,000 years and we still let the blood of children be shed for the very diamonds we give to our loved ones. Let everyone know that by being part of this organization, you are doing your part to show that after 50 millenniums humans have realized that we all deserve to live fulfilled lives no matter where we live or our background. Love and Peace everyone
Stop Blood Diamonds!
Cal State San Bernardino
stop the blood dimionds
hey wats up
What I love about Hands For Africa is that the organization has such huge, beautiful ideals…but it operates on a small, deeply personal scale. It's trying to change the way the entire world thinks about this issue, but still manages to powerfully affect individual lives.
Only a conflict free diamond can be beautiful!
Everyone has the opportunity to be a part of this life-changing action. Thank you, Hands for Africa, for giving us the chance to speak directly to our leaders!
This is truly amazing, and heart breaking. i would love to help in anyway I can to support this organization.
Melinda Schermann Rodriguez,
As a force of people who can make a change, we can make this movement so powerful to the point it can improve the way of life of generations to come in Africa. May God bless every person that signs this petition and the people living this reality in Africa.
It is beyond me how people can turn a blind eye to this and go about their daily business. Let's spread the word and help make the world a better place!
I chose this topic for my high school senior project. These people need as much help as we can possibly give them, which is something that I stressed a lot during my presentation. The horrors that occur in places like this are unimaginable for most of us people who buy the diamonds that these abused people work to find day after day after day. It's a sad and troubling thing, but we can't afford to be oblivious to this issue anymore. Something needs to be done.
Terror needs to Stop Now!
I am in full support of what this organization is doing. Let all things be done for the kingdom of God!
This is so sad,
I am doing an essay on this for school, to convince people to stop purchasing Blood Daimonds!
STOP PURCHASING DAIMONDS, IF WE STOP BUYING, THE DEMAND WILL GO DOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Every human live deserves a voice and the time to be heard. We must all do our part to raise awareness and have put people in power so that they can help us make those changes. please help!
David N. Sanchez,
No diamond is worth a human life or limb. I will not purchase or accept any diamonds unless I am 100% sure the diamond is conflict-free.
After seeing "Blood Diamond" years and years ago, I searched article after article to really understand the tragedy behind "a girl's bestfriend".
I didn't know about what was happening until, I found my future wife. I'm all for the cause now, as much as she is
Carlos De Jesus Lima,
Good to know people care. Keep up the great work HFA.
Jessica L. Coates,
I met this kind fellow Chris, who caught me off guard and opened my eyes to whats going on. I think this is a major issue that needs to be heard. If not many innocent people may loose their lifes over a luxury which has no true benifit. All diamonds do is shine.
This needs to be STOPPED! No one should suffer this way so someone can get rich and look "pretty"!!!!
Thank you for doing something
Tramain P Ortiz Sr.,
This Is Awesome!!!
despite the old saying, "diamonds are a girl's best friend"….I disagree. I have never owned a diamond in my life and plan to never do so, especially knowing what it has does to thousands of innocent children in Africa. I don't need diamonds to validate my worth or my significant other's love for me. in fact, when we get married, I will not be sporting a diamond ring. instead, I'll be sporting my megawatt smile and wearing my heart on my sleeve on that special day. trust me, THAT's priceless…. <3 ps. suck it, material girls! mc.
"Let's get together and love one another righht now!"
I will make sure that my boyfriend and I will insist the Jeweler to provide information about their diamonds when buying an engagement ring. It would be horrible to know that jewelry we wear came at a deadly cost.
Dr. Maria Pauceanu,
Stop this cruelties and terror.
The name of this cause says enough to know what the right choice is to be made here. Only you can make a difference.
I just came across this organization today. I've been wondering if there are any organizations working with victims of Sierra Leone and I am so glad to have encountered this wonderful group. I wish my signing petition could help towards bringing justice to the individuals who are suffering as well as bringing more awareness to the society of the diamonds and of the story behind. Thank you for your work! This is amazing!
I can't fathom the thought of people wearing a diamond that 100's of thousands of human lives were killed for!!! This is a great cause!!!
I urge my country to stop the blood shed, and enforce conflict free diamonds for its consumers.
Marc A Marroquin,
Only when we practice Love and not capitalism will we be able to recapture our humanity. my heart goes out to all those who suffer over the lining of pockets.
Perfectly Chic Event Planning, LLC,
This should go without saying..
I agree with Melissa, "No words needed to stop this horrific issue" just enought people to get onboard. Thank you "Hands for Africa" for taking on this task, giving African people a voice, and helping change lives.
A diamond is not worth a limb, we need to help people understand and bring awareness to the issue!
I actually researched this topic because I just watched "Blood Diamond" last night. It's a damned shame that anybody could turn a blind eye to an issue like this. I fervently hope that we can all open our eyes to the consequences of purchasing blood diamonds.
I post about this on my facebook about every week. Few comment, but I KNOW my friends are reading the articles I put up. I am not forgetting these people, and I'm NEVER letting someone buy me a diamond that is not registered as conflict free.
Terry Anne Karlman,
One mustard seed at a time we can make a difference in this world! Keep up the pressure and thank you.
STOP THE BLOOD DIAMOND TRADE! DEMAND DETAILS ABOUT PURCHASED DIAMONDS!!!
I have long opposed diamond operations in Africa. Let's show some solidarity and humanity on this issue.
Woooo go hands for africa!
Thank you for spreading the truth. Hopefully, one day, everybody can live without having to worry about such inhumane crimes.
Elizabeth De Haro,
"The worst oppressors are the oppressed" Frantz Fanon
stop blood diamonds!
Please support Each Child Counts Foundation as well
keep up the good work
its time we consider the consequences of our actions on the lives of others.life is too short for us to be insensitive.
xxx from New Zealand
Tanya K. Price,
Blood diamonds put greed before human lives and this is an evilness which will be punished by God who is of goodness. Stop this evilness so that we can have real goodness and happiness in our world. Whatever "happiness" is brought through greed is fake and will result in chaos and misery.
This organization is doing great work. I'd like to thank Dunya Wren for sending me here. You're amazing!
Just donated a bit to help this amazing cause. If we each tell a friend who tells others this won't be going on for much longer. Let's all keep up the good work especially Alton Harding the founder of this great program for victims. Go Alton!!!
I support this cause, we need to help our africans friends
Inspired by the movie Blood Diamond, I sign this petition. Maybe one signature won't mean anything, but together with the thousands of others, we can change the situation considering conflict diamonds. Rest in peace, all the victims of conflict diamonds.
Arielle A. Bernstein,
THIS IS WRONG IF WE CAN HELP IT IS OUR DUTY TO HUMAN KIND !
You know, at first, I wasn't sure about this group. I understood that yeah, blood diamonds are bad. But I never really bought into the whole thing. After looking into it more, I really am grateful someone stopped me on the street to enlighten me. This is a phenomenal cause and organization, and I wish you every bit of success.
Every little bit helps, it's good to acknowledged the suffering of others than to ignore it. Organizations like these help restore faith in humanity every day.
stop the blood money
Cynthia Van Kleeck,
we make the change. let's do
This has to stop!
please help us to keep peace among them.
basta de decadencia humana….. generosidad y amor es lo unico que debemos brindar
I want to have the Blood Diamonds to stop
It is sad to see these photos. We need to help stop this. Thank God for the people who are exposing the truth. I pray that Blood Diamonds will come to an end.
they must be stopped and together we can do that!
Praying this will soon end. <3
If i buy a diamond, it's not so hard to ask for a paper which demonstrate where it comes from!! And if the seller will hold on for a moment or say 'no', don't buy that damn diamond! it's SIMPLE!
I hope to live to see a time when people care more about people than things and power.
You cannot prosper with blood diamonds, just extend poverty and starvation.
My daughter told me about this charity.
kelly parku solomon,
lets stop blood diamonds,because these young ones are innocent and their future is of no better use when their wrist are being chopped off.
Please, stop this madness. what are we wainting for?
These acts of evil make me vomit. Who are these people to take another person child and cut off their hands and legs what an evil evil act.
STOP BLOOD DIAMONDS!
To think in these times, acts of severe brutallity still happen!!!!
This is cruel and needs to be stopped!! Hope many support it because its in-human and unnecessary.
that's is terrible for our society, we must move for eliminate this shits.
I think the work your doing, is esseptional and im proud of being part of this and have this possibility. Congratulations, this is a grate job, everyone should have a bit of the spirit that you have! Thank you!
ps. Sorry for my english, im a chilean girl.
As a "world leader" the United States should lead the way to make sure that our country does not purchase blood diamonds!
Beautiful. I would happily support this.
Miski Dee Rodriguez,
Victor L. Vargas,
I 100% back you and your organization today, tomorrow,and the next…
i had watched the blood diamond movie, it had alot to say… what people are doing for diamonds is ridicoulous… i believe our world is having soooo many wars and doing so many things for money. for what though? to make some money to ruin peoples lives or change them in a horrible way. people say that there is evil among us but why dont they start looking in the mirror. the evil is within the people all over the world, with different religions, opinons and all that is in between. blood diamonds, the RUF why are you doing this to these inocent people. and the united states knows whats going on to get most of the diamonds why keep buying them? why keep letting the gangs and terrorist keep over doing our supposibly good country? but yet you see all of these websites inocent people getting killed hands and feet chopped or tortured… alls im saying is STOP BLOOD DIAMONDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
No to violence everywhere in the world. Wish this innocent victim and all the others health, peace and prosperity!
I want to bring my 2 children to an African community and donate our time and hearts but Im having trouble finding out who allows children on these missions. Im also avoiding sites that promote this as a holiday… it is not a holiday for us. We genuinely want to contribute to their progress in some way. Please let me know of any independent organisation or genuine not for profit projects.
Only buy confict-free diamonds!
Katarina Lee Mapes,
I was looking for an orginazation for a school summer reading book questionair i am so glad to have found this this is a terrible thing that needs to stop
Dae Jin Park,
Hope we can reach the million signatures !!! This needs to stop, people in Africa dont have a voice, we need to be that voice!!!
An amazing group. I whole-heartedly support their efforts to enforce conflict-free diamond sales.
Everybody in the world has te right to be free, as sons of God and members of the earth we have this right. No one, can take this right away. From now on I am a member of this movement.
The kids are the future. Any adult can be mentally healthy if he or she lived in a violent environment. The wounds remain forever. Lets help the kids of all the world have a peaceful time while grow up.
Our government needs to step up and do the right thing.
Congress needs to intervene in the diamond industry and eliminate the market for "blood diamonds."
If these were our kids, our people getting hurt , we would look for some hope and when we think all faith is lost, God sends someone to help us and we feel safe and secured again knowing someone cares knowing we do matter to society, I don't have kids but I do have a nephew and a niece and to know babies there age are getting amputated, hurts me just to see them in there shoes, i surely don't want to see people I know in this kind of situation and of course I wouldn't like to see it anywhere else I just hope it all ends well …
Over 80,000 amputees victims over 4 million families displaced and we funded this tragedy as an American I believe this is a great way to show that we do not agree with slavery, extortion, or victimizing innocent citizens of any country. Thank you Hands For Africa
TOGETHER WE CAN STOP THIS,AFRICA IS OUR GOD GIVEN HOME!
Let's get the word out about this petition everyone! God bless :)
Let's make every diamond pure.
Nobody deserves this or any suffering. Thank you for your dedication to this cause
This type of violence shouldn't happen anywhere, no matter how far away we are from it.
I just want to help…to do whatever I can for these precious lives that are so dear to God's heart and mine.
Amber Lei-Lani Reliford,
Keep up the good fight!!
As a diamond retailer, I make 100% sure that I only source conflict-free diamonds.
Good luck with your work!
Lisa Marie Romero,
Alpha V. Woodward,
I want the government to implement a better control of the diamonds that enter the U.S. to get sure that these diamonds are conflict free.
What is ongoing in Africa for the benefit of profit is a travesty of the human condition. Thank you for your work.
This is a great idea to help stop this terrible issue.
That's the cruelest crime I ever heard of. We have to stop it.
Sarah Vanessa Cyr,
I am a student at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. I am taking an Intercultural Communication class. I chose to watch the film Blood Diamond which brought about a significant culture shock to me. I feel very blessed to be living in a country where such conflict and bloodshed is not seen. I am taking my own personal action by performing further in depth research and strongly encouraging my friends and coworkers to do the same. This film and the stories of these innocent people brings tears to my eyes. I want to make a difference by creating awareness and refusing to purchase diamonds until the Kimberly Process Certification Scheme becomes mandatory for all diamond sellers. For those of you who don't know, the Kimberly Process Certification Scheme is an OPTIONAL yet strongly encouraged set of standards for sellers and traders in all countries to abide by IF THEY SO CHOOSE. According to KIMBERLYPROCESS.COM we have not yet established a way to track where our diamonds come from. The website suggests that major diamond retailers SHOULD only purchase diamonds from the mere 51 participants who are abiding by these strict standards of the KPCS. Please spread the word that this is not acceptable. No diamond is worth the price of a life. Education and awareness are the only foundation we have to build on.
Paola Ynfante Moronta,
Great Job!!. Love from the Dominican Republic!.
some things can be done differently and without human disasters
Proud to help, and may god bless the children of Africa.
Dear Sir/ Madam
Hands for Africa,
Community Volunteer Services- Tanzania (CVS-Tanzania) is a nonprofit making NGO based in Tanga region, Tanzania, whose vision and mission is commitment to alleviate of poverty through voluntary and self- help work to poor and marginalized community is our business of existence. Also to create incentives and systems that encourage and assist young people to contribute in eradication of poverty through local and international volunteering work and bringing together all Tanzanian individuals, families and groups to share national resources for the common good.
Targeted: Orphans and Vulnerable Children, Women and Youth Empowerment.
We are now happy to ask for your collaboration in this aspect in order to empower our Children/communities to reduce poverty and improve livelihood standard in different sectors.
Please, we are looking forward to your immediate and positive response.
Simon A. Mashauri
P.O.Box 303, TANGA, TANZANIA, EAST AFRICA.
Araab sreet, Central ward, Tanga City
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I hope we can end this.
I love diamonds but they really aren't worth that little girl's hand. I'd rather go without than somebody sacrifice a limb for bling
Finnian Zane Sheehan,
Hope my little support helps.
Anyone who has any power, however seemingly insignificant, to change this… to contribute to change and who doesn't use it, has lost more than limbs, they are missing their humanity.
As someone who is getting engaged soon, it frustrates me that my purchase that is supposed to symbolize love could be bought from people who use this money to terrorize. My boyfriend and I are getting an alternative ring instead of a more traditional one because of the fact we can't guarantee that the one we purchase is conflict free.
It is for this reason that I will NEVER purchase a diamond, a human's wellbeing is not worth it.
Thank you for doing this important work.
Imagine this kind of life.
This has to STOP. Please!
I support the creation of proofs for diamonds that they are conflict free here in the US.
I hope together we can bring change. This is a great initiative.
I am horrified that still today we let our thirst and lust for things (diamonds in this case) cause us to ignore the human suffering that occurs so that we can satiate our desires. It is an abomination!
To know about a crime and do nothing is to sanction the criminal act. Voting with our dollars has wrought change when words alone did not.
Kristen Richardson Borguezan,
Thank you for raising awareness. God bless your organization!
Keep up the great work!
That is disgusting. I have never bought a diamond before, but I DEMAND if i ever do, that i know what people gave up to bring it to me! As an American, we are to fed up with our own lives that we do not think of other people and we do not know what is going on in the world around us! I found out about this site through Sevenly and I strongly support your cause!
NO ROCK OR ANY MATERIAL IS WORTH MORE THAM MORALITY!!!
I saw the after effects of this horrible practice last year while working for a humanitarian organization in Sierra Leone. It's not something that's just a story. It actually happened. And we need to be aware.
I voluntarily support this cause with great enthusiasm.
Let's make this happen!!!
We must be a voice for the voiceless. Proud to stand up against this horrible injustice
Things are not worth souls.
I fully support your initiative.
This is so horrible. I think it is amazing and wonderful that handsforafrica is doing this.
Let us not silence the cries of the innocent with our silence.
Diamonds are valuable but a single human life is priceless. All the cruelties in the world are led by human greediness!
Let God be true and every man a liar.
Heather B. Schirduan,
Arnold O. Beckman High School Hands for Africa Chapter,
We as a student body are committed to empower the amputees of Africa via Hands for Africa's innovative self-reliance programs.
Thank you for your hard work!
I was approached by a campus rep today and almost cried after watching your video. You are all part of a great cause and I wholeheartedly support your efforts. Keep up the great work and yes, we must stop blood diamonds!
More people need to open their eyes to these conflicts.
Angela C. Walls,
I refuse to purchase diamonds. A stone isn't more beautiful than the well-being of others.
We should be a nation ashamed that we allow such things to happen for our own consumerist greed.
wishing Maria, and all those other angels the best.. xx
I've been hearing of the blood diamonds for years…the brutality is shocking. We must put an end to this NOW! Praying that with public supprt and the Lord's hand that this cruelty and brutality will be brought to an end IMMEDIATELY!
I won't buy a diamond until I know it is conflict free!
Sad to wear the diamonds on my limbs if it means that someone else lost theirs.
jennifer salazar arellano,
I support what you guys do to the fullest, its beautiful that some people in this world stand up for humanity rather than vanity and greed. The best of luck and support
-Jennifer s. Arellano
This organization is great and amazing. The simple fact that people care about the conflict that one object brings to innocent people, says everything.
Lending a hand for those who can't. All my love, MP
We can help by not purchasing diamonds until things are different.
Stop Blood Diamonds, human life is more important. When humans degrade the gift of life we must say to ourselves are we losing our ability to have compassion for others.
Never give up hope!
No diamond is worth human blood!
STOP BLOOD DIAMONDS!
A diamond is not worth the torture that children and adults endure, who were created in God's image. People are much more important.
Nobody should be put through such trauma. I support this organisation, what a great cause.
Thanks to Hands for Africa
Jennifer A. Davis,
I am horrified by what I have read, and will be telling all my family members about this site.
Power to the people!
Kerrin van Niekerk,
JAMIN ROY HO,
Jeanette de Sousa,
Hope this helps..
This organization is doing an amazing job helping all the victims of blood diamonds. It is absolutely horrible what has been done to these people and to have others show their support and care for them is amazing. Keep up the great work!
Keep up the good work! This is sickening and needs to end ASAP!!!
God Bless you!!!!
I hope the 1 million signatures is met to remind Congress about the universal human rights all individuals are entitled to and how guilty they should feel for allowing this to happen in Africa. No human being should suffer for profit. Human lives should be cherished and is worth more than anything in the world.
Hands for Africa,
thank you for making an effort to save our Motherland.
Africa unite, Africa forever.
Thomas jefferson Sharpe. CEO/CFO of Extended Hand To Africa,
We as a nonprofit organization strongly agree and stand by your side to stop the selling and trade of "BLOOD DIAMONDS" and put an "EYE OPENER" on these issues in africa and the rest of the world.
It is our obligation as humans
lets put an end to this!
Keep up the good work for an extremely worth cause!!!
All of the diamond propaganda needs to be banned as well. It is unbelievable that we push diamonds as we do knowing at what cost they come. Men need to step it up and get more creative and women need to stop buying into the big diamond symbolizing anything…your mans actions are what will bring you true joy.
while I do not have the money to donate , I do feel that by watching history channel and seeing what people went/go through there. I have to admit i do like dimonds and if I can purchase thing at my liesure as well as tee shirt and odd jewerly
"One person can make a difference and everyone should try." JF Kennedy
Rodrigo Alejandro Gonzalez-Bishop,
This is such a beautiful thing. God bless everyone who is a part of this.
I have to believe that awareness and prayers will see an end to this blood shed.
Sad we have to petition this should be done just cause its the right thing to do.
espero que iniciativas como esta realmente ayuden a las regiones en conflicto y que los consumidores entiendan las consecuencias a las que conlleva no hacer nada por ellos……salvemos al futuro del mundo….los niños
Stop this violence and spread awareness!
the Extraction of diamond should not cost people their lives or limbs. why something so beautiful must be the result of something so ugly and inhumane?! take action now, put an end to this horror!
JOSEPH R. ADKISON,
STOP BLOOD DIAMONDS
I choose to believe in the little goodness that is left of humanity. Hopefully this will get more support.
Fernando Zelaya Raudales,
Much love from Honduras to Africa
The traffic of these diamonds leads to horrific and atrocious crimes. Change and reform of the diamond industry is absolutely necessary. The rest of the world has reformed- why can't the diamond industry?
Peter S. Kahrmann,
On so many fronts the hideous mindset of profits before people costs lives and destroys the quality of lives. It must stop, or be stopped.
Blood diamonds still plague the lives of all Africans.
Paola Ponce de Leon,
It is sick that we are willing to pay thousands of dollars on diamonds, when people are willing to kill and enslave their own people for profits over a small stone, which has no real value.
Hands for Africa is a truly awe-inspiring organization. It is doing great things and because of the actions being taken by these amazing people change will come! There are no words to describe my heartbreak at those losing their lives but even more than that my devastation at how easily it is for the majority of the world to turn a blind eye to all these people suffering. I'm so grateful to be able to be a part of such an amazing cause!
It truly tratgic that money and revenue would take importance over the wellfair of a person.
Just stop it! I stopped buying and wearing diamonds.
keep hope alive, it's only deferred but when the desire comes, it's like a tree of life.
Stop Blood Diamonds!
Praying that this will end
I promised that my hands will never carry the misery and violence that diamonds really represent
Nathaly Deyalén Guillenea Garcia,
This is an amazing cause worth fighting for. Please tell me how I can get more involved, I'd love to help make even the smallest impact.
Please take action to promote justice and peace. Let's make tomorrow a better day.
Morgan Morris (From GMS),
I support these guys! I will not be getting a diamond. That is IF I get married someday!
i hate that people are getting hurt. its not theyre fault.
holly jacqueline hubbs,
i think its very cruel that this happends in africa constantly….its dispicable and mean….i can't aprove of what goes on….i really hate the fact that these men, women, and children are forced to do this constantly.
really powerful movement
STOP blood diamonds.
Stop buying conflict diamonds to help end the brutalization of the people of Africa. We need to stop enabling the abuse of children.
Benjamin Lloyd Rudy,
Karen Ann Klink,
It breaks my heart as a mother to see these little babies have to go through such tragic incident that affects them for the rest of their lives. By joining together from a far distance and signing this form do not make me feel any better to know that how such cruelty human can cause to human beings.
Wonderful program that you guys are leading. God Bless
That's wonderful that there is an organization who is working to end the "blood diamond" trade and help those who have been damaged by it.
"As long as there is one only person with the heart ready to pour all the love it's got and even more on and around the ones who need, want and deserve it, and even on the ones who think they don't, there will always stand the option to be safe, sound and happy in this thing we call world."
The volunteer said thanks to me the other day,but I should say that instead! Hands for Africa is an excellent organization! And I've never felt so grateful before for the life my parents and my homeland have provided me! Wish our petition will soon work to stop that tragedy!Let's pray!
This work is extraordinary, we will push back as much as we can
Shevonda M. Reed,
I love to help in anyway I can… Please keep me Posted!
Great organization. I was not aware of the cruelty. We need to stop being ignorant and come together as a community.
Stop!!! poor people are dying
Stop purchasing diamonds will not change a human life, but continue buying them will affect thousands.
God bless these helpless people. I hope that one day this will be non-existent!
Please consider that a life that could easliy have been yours is in peril, the psyche almost irreparably damaged. We are not demanding the world cease purchasing diamonds merely that they show accountability for the manner in which the good was obtained. Stop. Blood. Diamonds.
We have the choice. And our choice is peace and life, not violence or death.
This is horrendous and unacceptable.
Awareness is power. Spread the word.
Stop the violence. Increase the peace!
Matt Shriver RN,
Make this well known!
It is horrible! My friend Christina showed me this she is amazing!
Tyler Gene Thoroughgood,
Chrissy, you have opened my eyes to how important each an every life is!!!
Hands for AFRICA my hat goes off to you. xx
Blood Diamonds are bad.
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." – Martin Luther King Jr.
Maria Rose Boland Ploessl,
All it takes is a little bit of care from a lot of people.
PEACE, LOVE, KINDNESS
My God my God forgive us …
I want to know the origin of any future diamond I may buy. I am demanding proof that a diamond is conflict-free.
Stop blood diamonds and save limbs, lives, and souls (including our own).
Not one of us are free if one of us is enslaved! God bless you all for your support.
If there is any way that I can help raise awareness or volunteer, please let me know :)
The violence has to stop
Stop the blood shed, stop the wickedness, by ridding the markets of conflict diamonds.
Please stop all this cruelty. People are more precious than diamonds. Thank you.
No blood should be shed! No one deserves to die! big corporations should give money to all these innocent people who have payed with their innocence and lives!!! we want JUSTICE!!!!
God Bless and I prey for the victims and those who are helping them
cannot find a place here to buy the stop blood diamonds apparel or wristband that works
I know we cant completely get rid of this situation but we can lessen it by hopefully making it illegal in the United States, as we do purchase about 60% of it. I don't know how people can buy these diamonds that have been cultivated the way these were and not feel any remorse for wearing it. It's like slavery I guess– with that period of time where it was considered the norm because its 'always' been that way, and some people chose to look the other way. But no we're not going to do that! That's why we're signing this petition, to hopefully spark that change, the same kind of change that ended slavery and everything else that was worth fighting for
mel moonshine rainbow,
in the mist of love we are in power to dominate the evil forces of thought processing. great minds come together to free the freedom that is being controled so that all of us beautiful humans are at peace… thanks you
Please think about it, people in countries with diamond needs to be saved and receive help. We need to know the realities of other countries.
Children are the future. Africa continues to flourish economically, socially, and spiritually. It is a land with vast natural resources. We will come to depend on Africa some day as much as we do in China. Why not help our future?
cruality and human buturism beyound imagination just for nothing but the small life of world.
I thank Kevin Greenup for making me aware of this Blessings
I think what's happening in Africa is disgusting and i will NEVER support diamonds. Something needs to be done.
I CANT SAY ENOUGH HOW MUCH IT HURTS TO KNOW THIS IS HAPPENING……
This is Amoral, inhumane and outrageous. I only buy CZs! they are for more valuable than stinking blood rocks. I will always promote the purchase of CZs until this horrific nonsense stops!
We can really make a significant difference collectively to help put an end to the purchase of blood diamonds where we live. Working together, it is imperative to help put an end to the purchase of conflict, blood diamonds, especially with all the luxuries we have here.
Hoping for a day when we value all humans more than diamonds.
Do your research when purchasing diamonds!
Joshua C Metcalf,
Chad S. Leslie,
A diamond is not forever. It is a mineral, not meant to cause strife in the life of the natives who inhabit the land where it is found…
A truly wonderful cause. Thank you.
Diamonds may be forever. But the memories and terror caused by conflict diamonds lives past them, and will continue to do so until a change is made.
I support this. Blood diamond is not just evil but those who buy also perpetrate evil.
i am 14 years old and in the 8th grade this opened my eyes to the pain and suffering from gangs in other country besides the us . thank you for opening my eyes and i will do any thing i can to help.
Often times, United States citizens take pride in their country's origins, declaring that they are a "Christian nation" and emphasize our moral responsibility to do good and refrain from commiting evil. But unfortunately, we are hypocritical in our actions and commit the most grievous offenses against one another and against others throughout the world. Ignoring the dreadful issues of the diamond industry is one of those offenses. Even if we are no longer call ourselves a "Christian nation," let the United States be a country known for defending the innocent and not supporting evil.
Today I found out about Hand for Africa at my college, donated some money and HAF has my full support. God Bless the founders of this organization. Lets make the world a better place.
I helped out
People are suffering around the world because others don't care about what they are buying…
In my country DRC, children are working at age of 9 bu force to get diamond that will be sold out of the country…
Keep up the good work.
you have my support
You have my support!
Clara von Dohlen,
Your cause is amazing!!
I agree, no to blood diamonds. Thank you for your work.
It makes me cry when i see young children's hands all been cutten
Maggie Lapa Brando,
David E Morales,
Do not FIGHT for PEACE, work your hardest. Work with every fiber you have. Sweat and strain for it. Remain peaceful and your lessons you have to teach will be taught.
Hello, my name is camila and I'm from Peru not speak much English and I wanted to congratulate you on the great efforts that have done for them, I think that music USA FOR AFRICA should continue in the ears of many but now many people think of other thing, the music of now are bad, the music of the 80's are great, I was only 16 years I like music from the 80's, well a big hug and blessing.
No one should have this happen to them. It is unspeakable and inhumane.
Good luck. It can be done!
Virgilio L. Leyretana, Sr.,
A country's natural endowment aboveground, underground, below the ocean and underneath the seabed like diamond, gold, oil and other rare earth metals are patrimonial properties of a nation. These natural resources should not only be used for the benefit of the living generation. the Rather, this national natural wealth should be utilized justifiably to promote equity and parity, peace and stability. Utilization of this earthly treasure should ensure the survival, improvement and continuity of the human specie.
Stop the suffering people are more valuable than diamonds