This Massive 706-Carat Diamond Was Just Discovered in Sierra Leone

Pastor finds $5 million diamond in Sierra Leone

Pastor finds $5 million diamond in Sierra Leone

Emmanuel Momoh, a clergy man in Sierra Leone's diamond-rich Kone district, has discovered one of the world's largest raw or uncut diamonds.

According to the Mines Minister, the diamond was discovered by Pastor Emmanuel A. Momoh who is engaged in alluvial mining at Koyadu village in Tankoro Chiefdom.

Even though diamonds can be found in about a quarter of Sierra Leone, the country of about six million people is one of the world's five poorest nations, according to the United Nations.

Mr Nyaungwa adds that it is hard to estimate a price as it is "quality not size [that] determines the value of a diamond".

The presidency said in a statement that Mr Koroma thanked the chief, who acted as an intermediary, for not smuggling it out of the country.

What would you do if you were in Pastor Momoh's shoes? The pastor turned the diamond over to the government in hopes that the proceeds from its sale will help the impoverished country.

French Candidate Macron Hails Election Defeat of Dutch Far Right
We are old allies and economically speaking as well, we have a great many exchanges to implement. He said Downing Street had not wanted to engage with Trump until after he was elected.

The precious gem will be sold in a "transparent" bidding process and is believed that it will likely leave the country once it is bought. A US-based diamond expert Paul Zimnisky told AFP that once the gem's quality was assessed it could rank "between the 10th and 15th largest gem-diamonds ever recovered".

Sierra Leone is well known for its diamond industry but it has had a chequered history.

Zimnisky said the stone would likely be sold outside Sierra Leone, despite the government's assertion, for better access to buyers. It is still the second-largest diamond of all time and had a price tag of more than $70 million.

The gem may not be the largest ever found, but it's pretty close.

For individuals growing up in Sierra Leone becoming an artisan miner is just the natural thing to do.

Recommended News

  • UNC Wilmington's Kevin Keatts emerging as front runner for NC State job

    UNC Wilmington's Kevin Keatts emerging as front runner for NC State job

    Before taking the job at UNC Wilmington, Keatts was an assistant under Rick Pitino at Louisville from 2011 to 2014. Things were going pretty well, even though Gottfried's teams didn't get any farther than the Sweet Sixteen.
    Netflix is changing its star ratings to a thumbs up/down system

    Netflix is changing its star ratings to a thumbs up/down system

    For ratings, you'll have the option for thumbs-up or thumbs-down, which Yellin said yielded 200% more ratings than stars. Rolling out over the next few months, Netflix is completely changing the way we see each program or movie's ratings.
    Honda WR-V SUV launching in India on March 16

    Honda WR-V SUV launching in India on March 16

    This all new premium model from Honda comes with sporty stylish design as well as advanced technology and spacious cabin. The most fuel efficient engines! India is the first country to manufacture and launch the Honda WR-V in the world.
  • Bruce Arena calls in 24-players for CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying

    Bruce Arena calls in 24-players for CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying

    Michael Orozco is the most experienced right back, and Cameron also is a possibility - even though he plays in midfield for Stoke. Five have played in more than 30 qualifiers: Dempsey (36), Altidore, Beasley and Howard (33), and Bradley (31).
    Manchester United 1-0 FC Rostov: Red Devils stars rated and slated

    Manchester United 1-0 FC Rostov: Red Devils stars rated and slated

    However, he managed to find his way back to Old Trafford, unlike numerous others who have left. Soslan Dzhanaev could return in goal but Vladimir Granat is unlikely to be available.
    Texas House approves statewide texting-and-driving ban

    Texas House approves statewide texting-and-driving ban

    Jessica Farrar had an unrelated bill on lawyer fees that was expected to easily pass, but instead survived a narrow 75-70 vote. Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels, who said said "dismemberment" abortion constitutes "cruel and unusual punishment".
  • Massive fire engulfs downtown Raleigh construction site

    Massive fire engulfs downtown Raleigh construction site

    Nearby buildings and residents were being evacuated and it appeared power was knocked out in several nearby buildings. There is no indication of anyone being trapped in the fire, nor is there any news of anyone being killed by it.

    Michigan's unlikely season takes Route 3 to the NCAA Tournament second round

    The Wolverines are better at defending the three-pointer in the past 12 games (30.2%), and that will be essential in this game. Their pace rating of 72.9 is the fourth fastest of any team in the tournament, while Michigan's 63.7 is the second slowest.
    Video Shows Kidnapped Woman Escape by Jumping Out of Car Trunk

    Video Shows Kidnapped Woman Escape by Jumping Out of Car Trunk

    Striking surveillance video shows a woman jump out of the trunk of a auto in an attempt to escape from her alleged kidnapper. He then made her get into her auto before driving to multiple locations, and was believed to be using her card to get money.
  • Japan Court Blames Government for Fukushima Nuclear Accident

    Japan Court Blames Government for Fukushima Nuclear Accident

    The ruling could set the precedent for 30 other cases involving 100,000 plaintiffs, The Guardian reported Friday. The amount that they were ordered to pay , however, was far below the ¥1.5bn sought by the 137 plaintiffs.
    Oath Taken, Navjot Singh Sidhu Touches Captain Amarinder Singh's feet: 10 Points

    Oath Taken, Navjot Singh Sidhu Touches Captain Amarinder Singh's feet: 10 Points

    Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, and the state's richest legislator Rana Gurjit Singh will also be ministers. The council of ministers has representation from different castes, regions and faiths.
    Russians Paid Ex-Trump Security Aide Flynn $68000

    Russians Paid Ex-Trump Security Aide Flynn $68000

    The biggest paycheck came from RT, which handed over $45,000, and during that evening, he also dined next to Vladimir Putin . The documents show that on October 14, an RT producer wrote she was "helping to organize the RT conference in December".

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.