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Man finds 706-carat diamond in Sierra Leone

Posted on Friday, 17 March, 2017 | Comment icon 13 comments
Pastor Emmanuel Momoh discovered the monster-sized diamond while mining in the country's Kono region.
The massive stone, which is comparable in size to a hockey puck, is the second largest diamond ever found in Sierra Leone and the largest overall to have been found in over four decades.

Despite being eligible for a large sum of money from the sale of the diamond, Mamoh chose instead to hand it over to the government in the hope that the proceeds will help to improve the current economic situation in the country through the funding of new development projects.

"I believe the government can do more, especially at a time when the country is undergoing some economic challenges," he said.

The diamond was presented to President Ernest Bai Koroma on Wednesday and is now being stored in Freetown's central bank vault where it awaits official valuation.

The largest diamond ever found, which was known as the Cullinan Diamond, was unearthed in South Africa in 1905 and weighed an utterly staggering 3,106.75 carats. It was later cut in to a number of smaller diamonds - two of which can still be found today in the British Crown Jewels.

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Tags: Diamond, Sierra Leone

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Comment icon #4 Posted by goodgodno on 18 March, 2017, 1:11
Handing it over to a corrupt government, I'm sure that money will get put to good use
Comment icon #5 Posted by Nzo on 18 March, 2017, 1:47
I totally agree. Absolute waste. I don't care which government your talking about all corrupt, crony, disgusting entities. If he wanted to do good, he could of sold it, put the money in a bank account and started programs himself to help people. Talk about God giveth to the stupid.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Use your brain on 18 March, 2017, 1:51
Yea he should have smuggled it out himself, then he could actually just buy the supplies his people need and have them shipped over. This money has a very low chance of reaching the people now, and even if it does it will be a couple hundred grand worth for the publicity.
Comment icon #7 Posted by MWoo7 on 18 March, 2017, 1:56
Immediately gave some of the primary lowest labor workers houses like Governor's house and all workers low to High positions now have Landcruisers, the rest in the community received houses and Leer jets, so nice of them what a great story, does my heart good.
Comment icon #8 Posted by pallidin on 18 March, 2017, 5:31
Wow. That's one big diamond. Wonder what the result of the cutting will be.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Lilly on 18 March, 2017, 12:19
Generally speaking, when a big diamond is cut properly it produces gem stones that can individually be sold for lots and lots of money.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Hawkin on 18 March, 2017, 18:45
If I found it I would be telling my employer, See Ya!.
Comment icon #11 Posted by paperdyer on 20 March, 2017, 17:53
I surprised the Pastor didn't feel The Church could make good use of the funds from the diamond's sale. And BTW - Hawkin - I so agree!
Comment icon #12 Posted by Brooksey on 21 March, 2017, 13:47
Idiot giving it to one of the most corrupt governments in world politics. Crazy fool!
Comment icon #13 Posted by Myles on 21 March, 2017, 17:20
Didn't he have to?

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