Who Loses When Mineral Resources Aren’t Mined?

Mineral resources are complicated. Their presence might cause civil wars. They definitely increase civil war duration once a conflict has begun. And hey, coltan isn’t sexy, but diamonds are forever. Which is exactly why, “Sierra Leone Diamond Miner Devastated by News of Broken-Off Engagement.” This is a story of who loses when mineral resources aren’t mined:

KENEMA, SIERRA LEONE—Standing waist-deep in one of the many gravel pits that surround the city of Kenema, and struggling to fight off the harsh African sun, local diamond miner Muwomba D’akari was deeply saddened Monday to learn of Linda Hines and David Meyer’s recently canceled wedding engagement.

“Dave and Lulu? But that can’t be,” said D’akari, who in early 2009 awoke at dawn, dragged his meager frame eight miles to work, and spent half a day digging out the precious stone used by Meyer to propose to his then girlfriend. “The two of them, they were absolutely perfect for each other. David and Linda, they were so, so in love.”

The 135-pound villager, who called the broken-off engagement a “tragedy,” and told reporters that “Linda was exactly what David needed when he met her,” spent most of Monday afternoon trying to process the news. D’akari said he hadn’t felt this upset since the time his entire family was killed during Sierra Leone’s decade-long civil war.

“They had so much in common,” the stunned diamond miner said before momentarily blacking out from extreme exhaustion and being revived minutes later. “And David, he was a Sagittarius, which makes total sense for someone like Linda. Dave even got her to pursue her writing again, which she had basically given up on after college.”

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