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news from January 2002

January 29

130 years on, sacred artefact is back with rightful owners
The Scotsman 29 January 2002

THE normally sober surroundings of an Episcopalian church yesterday gave way to a splash of colour by an entourage of Ethiopian priests who arrived in Edinburgh to retrieve a sacred carving. The delegation, wearing bright robes and carrying decorated parasols, accepted the artefact, which was stolen from their country in a bloody battle and taken to the UK more than 130 years ago.

January 28

The St John's Tabot
The Rev John McLuckie - St John's Edinburgh Jan 2002

Tewodros and the Destruction of Maqdala
Emperor Tewodros II was, by any account, as remarkable and significant a leader for modern Ethiopia as he was a complex one. He was a moderniser, a cultural champion, a successful military leader and, in his final act of resistance at Maqdala, seen as a courageous patriot. His modernising vision encompassed the abolition of slave trade, the building of a road network, literary renaissance, land reform, and a thoroughgoing series of military reforms.

Sacred carving found in church cupboard returned to Ethiopia
Daily Telegraph 28 January 2002

A SACRED African artefact found in the back of a church cupboard in Scotland, 130 years after it was seized by British soldiers, started its journey back to Ethiopia yesterday. The Tabot, a wooden carving considered the most potent symbol of the country's orthodox church, was handed to an Ethiopian archbishop in Edinburgh.

January 27

Ethiopian artefact returning home
BBC 27 January 2002

A delegation of religious leaders from Ethiopia has travelled to Edinburgh to collect a sacred carving which was unearthed in a church cupboard.

January 24

AFROMET statement on the return of the Tabot
AFROMET 24 January 2002

Statement by Professor Andreas Eshete, Chair of AFROMET, on the occasion of the Return of the Ethiopian Tabot from Edinburgh, Scotland.

January 22

Worshippers to return sacred Ethiopian carving
Scottish Episcopal Church Press Release 22 January 2002

Edinburgh worshippers are to return a sacred carving to Ethiopia - 130 years after British soldiers seized it in a bloody battle. Members of St John's Episcopal Church, Princes Street, will hand over the holy 'Tabot', to a delegation of Ethiopian priests and dignitaries next weekend.

January 21

Ethiopia gets back war booty
BBC World Service 21 January 2002

The Scottish episcopal church says an Ethiopian delegation will arrive in Edinburgh next Saturday to receive back a 400-year-old religious relic, looted by British troops more than a century ago. The sacred carving, called a Tabot, represents the Ark of the Covenant and is one of the holiest artefacts of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.

January 20

Minister's relic stirs African hearts
The Observer 20 January 2002

His mother and grandmother took on the might of the British state and won women the vote. Now Dr Richard Pankhurst is leading Ethiopia's fight to throw off the last vestiges of imperial rule. The son of Sylvia, grandson of Emmeline and nephew of Christabel, the founders of the Suffragette movement, Pankhurst is campaigning for the treasures looted by British soldiers during a battle in 1868 to be returned to the African nation and next weekend his dream will start to be realised in Edinburgh.

January 04

The Return of Addis Ababa's Lost Tabot
The Addis Tribune 4 January 2002

The discovery in Edinburgh, Scotland, of one of a dozen or so Holy Tabots, or symbolic Ethiopian representations of the Ark of the Covenant, looted by British troops from Emperor Tewodros's capital at Maqdala in 1868, will be followed, within the next few weeks, by its return to Ethiopia.
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