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Ethiopia’s stolen treasures in London

Posted by: The Conversation Global

Date: Thursday, 07 June 2018


Editor's note

There’s been an international uproar about the recent opening in London of an exhibition that displays treasures looted from Ethiopia during a military expedition in 1868.

Yirga Gelaw Woldeyes argues the legacy of “Maqdala 1868” is about much more than just the looting of cultural heritage: it also raises questions about the theft of knowledge and how the current generation of Ethiopians have been dispossessed of their own history.

Julius Maina

Regional Editor East Africa

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Ethiopian books and other materials, such as this ancient Bible, are in great demand. Shutterstock

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