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A Pastor From Sierra Leone Finds a 706-Carat Diamond

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Diamond Miners in Kono, Sierra Leone
One of the world’s largest diamonds ever found was uncovered last week by a Christian pastor in Sierra Leone's eastern Kono region. The stone weighs 706 carats according to Sierra Leone’s government website, and was discovered by  Pastor Emmanuel A. Momoh “who is engaged in alluvial mining at Koyadu village in Tankoro Chiefdom”.

It was presented to President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma on March 15 by a local chief and is now being stored in the country's central bank.

According to the same statement on the official website, “President Koroma thanked the chief and his people for not smuggling the diamond out of the country. He underscored the importance of selling such a diamond here as it will clearly give the owners what is due them and benefit the country as a whole. The president assured that the selling process would be transparent and to the highest bidder”.
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