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When bullets fly, some firms swoop in

Martin Rapaport hitched a ride into Sierra Leone on a World Food Program helicopter in early 2000, sitting atop a sack of rice. On the ground below, he saw 15-year-old rebels waving automatic weapons, amputee camps, and bodies in the street. He also saw economic potential. The head of Rapaport Group – an international network of companies that grade and trade diamonds – he had already begun laying the groundwork for an international agreement aiming to end the sale of “conflict diamonds,” which bankroll wars and terrorists. Now he was grappling with how to help people at ground level. Full Story

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