The Fight Against ‘Blood Diamonds’

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Christian Reformed World Missions missionaries played a key role in helping end the civil war in Sierra Leone in 2002, according to the new book Advocating for Justice: An Evangelical Vision for Transforming Systems and Structures.

The book recounts how rebel fighters forced missionaries Paul and Mary Kortenhoven to flee their mission field of more than 20 years in Sierra Leone.

But after that, the Kortenhovens joined with others in the denomination and U.S. officials to stem the illegal diamond trade fueling the fighting, according to the book.

About the Author

Chris Meehan is news and media relations manager for CRC Communications, and a member of Coit Community Church.