Sierra Leone Pastor Finds Huge Diamond in Kono
About the Diamond:
A Pastor in Sierra Leone has found a huge diamond. The diamond, weighing 709 carats, is now locked up in Sierra Leone’s central bank in Freetown. It is one of the 20 largest diamonds ever found.
The history of diamonds and Sierra Leone:
Pastor Emmanuel Momoh’s discovery, which has not yet been valued, is the biggest diamond to be found in Sierra Leone since 1972, when the 969-carat Star of Sierra Leone was dug up.Sierra Leone is well known for its diamond industry but it has had a chequered history.
Freelance, or artisanal, miners are common in Sierra Leone’s diamond-rich areas, reports the BBC’s Umaru Fofana.
What’s going to happen?
It was first taken to President Ernest Bai Koroma on Wednesday evening before being locked up. Mr Koroma said that the owners should get “what is due to them” and it should “benefit the country as a whole.”