Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Ethiopian PM Urges International Community To Return Looted Heritage Objects

(Dec 6, ABU DHABI,  (BERNAMA-NNN-ENA))--Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has urged the international community to help return heritage objects looted from Ethiopia during previous foreign invasions.

The prime minister, who was in Abu Dhabi to attend a conference on cultural heritage, said here over the weekend that the process for the restoration of the stolen treasures had been slow. As a country of diverse cultural heritage, Ethiopia had been subject to plundering and looting of its heritage objects both in times of foreign invasions as well as through trafficking in these objects, he added.

He said Ethiopia had been a victim of cultural heritage plundering and looting resulting from foreign aggression, trafficking and smuggling, which resulted in the loss of many ancient valuable manuscripts, religious objects and archeological remains, among others.

The manuscripts which have been illegally taken out of the country include books on religion, medicine, astronomy, calendars, philosophy, law and administration. A 1868 British expedition and a 1935 Italian invasion are among the times which led to the looting of Ethiopia's heritage objects. Read more from BERNAMA-NNN-ENA »

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