Friday, March 25, 2005

Parts of Looted Manuscripts Return to Ethiopia

Two pages ripped out of an old Ethiopian holy manuscript and looted during the British invasion in 1868 were returned to Ethiopia on Wednesday.

Though the two pages made their way home 137 years after being plundered by British soldiers, the whereabouts of the original holy manuscripts is not yet known by those working for the return of Ethiopian treasures.

The two pages were returned by a prominent member of the British legal profession who felt strongly about the cause of restitution, according to the Association for the return of the Maqdala Ethiopian Treasures (AFROMET).

Professor Richard Pankhurst, Vice Chair of AFROMET handed over the centuries old torn pages to the Institute of Ethiopian Studies Museum.


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