Pastor discovers 706-carat diamond in village

Freetown, Sierra Leone (PPN) – A pastor discovered the second largest uncut diamond in Sierra Leone, a country in West Africa. This has not been done in over 40 years.

Pastor Emmanuel Momoh turned it over to the government in hopes of boosting recent developments in his impoverished nation. President Ernest Bai Koroma received it Wednesday.

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

It was found in Yakadu villiage in Sierra Leone’s diamond-rich east.

The diamond is about the size of a hockey puck. In 1972, miners found the 968.9 carat Star of Sierra Leone and sold it for about $2.5 million.

It has been placed in the Bank of Sierra Leone, no value has been set yet.

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