A Christian pastor became the author of historical discovery. He managed to find a precious uncut diamond. At its weight of 709 karats, specialists could easily classify it as one of the 20 largest such diamonds in the world. The precious stone is now safe under the protection of the central bank of Sierra Leone in Freetown.
Sierra Leone Trembles under the Repercussions of Civil War and Ebola Outbreak
On Thursday, an official announced that a Christian pastor found a precious uncut diamond in the East of Sierra Leone. The name of the lucky person is Emmanuel Momoth. He found the 706 karat gemstone in the Yakadu village in a West African village. On the other hand, he didn’t consider the event as a personal gain. On the contrary, he presented the treasure to the President Ernest Bai Koromo as soon as a day after the discovery.
Emmanuel Momoh didn’t keep the uncut diamond for himself. Instead, he donated it to his government. By proceeding this way, the Christian pastor hopes the gem benefits the development of his entire nation. During recent years, peace was a continuous status quo in the African country since the major civil war that ended back in 2002 thanks to helping from ECOWAS, the British Government, and the United Nations.
On the other hand, the 2014 Ebola outbreak corroded an already weakened healthcare system. This epidemic together with a low economic growth turned the situation into a humanitarian crisis. As a consequence, the life expectancy in Sierra Leone reached a low point of only 57.8 years.
The Uncut Diamond Will Be Sold to the Highest Bidder
While there is no official description of how Emmanuel Momoh came into the possession of such alluvial diamond, the government praised his gesture. The Christian pastor explained The Associated Press his donation as the desire to support the improvement of the Kono District. This area is where the pastor found the uncut diamond. He saw the chances of improvement of the district in the recent efforts to consolidate the electric infrastructure that was affected by blackouts for 30 years.
“I believe the government can do more, especially at a time when the country is undergoing some economic challenges,” the pastor stated.
The president was fast to comment the event as a gift from God. He ordered the sale proceedings to be conducted in a transparent way. Ernest Bai Koromo encouraged all citizens to follow the example set by the pastor. The uncut diamond is going to enter the possession of the higher bidder. The earnings will be distributed to the owner and government.
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