Sierra Leone pastor unearths one of the 20 largest diamonds ever found

Cecilia Jamasmie

A Christian pastor has unearthed a 706-carat diamond in Sierra Leone’s Kono district, which is considered to be one of the world’s 20 largest rough gems ever found.

According to the, the diamond, which could be worth up to $5 million, is now locked up in the West African country’s central bank in Freetown, Anadolu Agency reported.

Pastor Emmanuel Momoh’s discovery is the biggest diamond to be found in Sierra Leone since 1972, when the 969-carat Star of Sierra Leone was dug up by miners.

It is also one of the largest diamonds unearthed in recent years at mines in southern Africa, behind Lucara Diamond’s (TSX:LUC) 1,111-carat rock found in Botswana in 2015.

Between 1991 and 2002, Kono was at the centre of the “blood diamond” trade that funded the country’s brutal civil war as rebel groups exchanged gems for weapons.


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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.