A diamond digger in the Central African Republic
A diamond digger from Chad at work in one of the diamond fields surrounding the town of Sam Ouandja, Vakaga prefecture, north-eastern Central African Republic. Most of the 22,000 inhabitants of Sam Ouandja and around, including children, work on diamond mines; the high-quality stones attract diggers from neighbouring countries, former rebels and bandits meaning that insecurity is high in the area. As a result, the HIV/AIDS prevalence rate is among the country’s highest. UNICEF through its implementing partner International Medical Corps (IMC) wants to scale up psychosocial support and reintegration activities for victims of all forms of violence.