WASHINGTON, D.C.— How do diamonds fuel a cycle of poverty and violence? A riveting multimedia report by VOA tells how the diamond trade did just that in the Central African Republic.The report opens with a video shot of a boy sifting through muddy water for diamonds. CAR is one of the poorest countries in the world, but its diamonds are among the most valuable in the world. If the boy finds one “the size of a pencil tip” it could feed a family for a month or more.

BBG Responds to Crisis in the Central African Republic

At PK12 thousands of Muslim residents from Bangui and Mbaiki flee the Central African Republic Bangui in a mass exodus using cars, pickups, trucks, lorries and motorcycles, escorted by Chadian troops on Friday Feb. 7, 2014. Tit-for-tat violence killed more than 1,000 people in Bangui alone in a matter of days in December. An untold number have died in the weeks that followed, with most of the attacks in Bangui targeting Muslims.

WASHINGTON- As the crisis in the Central Africa Republic (CAR) intensifies, so have the efforts of the BBG to bring much-needed news and vital information to residents fleeing the violence. The agency’s interdepartmental response includes developing and producing additional content, augmenting methods to reach audiences, and enhancing distribution technologies.