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news from March 2004

March 30

Edinburgh appeal suffers set back
The Herald 30 March 04

A CAMPAIGN for the return of scores of treasures looted by British soldiers from Ethiopia more than a century ago has been dealt a blow by Edinburgh University. The Association for the Return of the Magdala Ethiopian Treasures (Afromet), which has involved the Queen in its quest for plundered articles, has been told four manuscripts with probable links to the British invasion of the country and held by the institution will not be handed back.

Ustinov death a great blow to Ethiopians
AFROMET press release 29 March 04

The death of the actor Sir Peter Ustinov is a great blow to film-lovers and campaigners for a fairer world, and it is a double blow for Ethiopians. Not many people are aware of Sir Peter's Ethiopian ancestry of which he was very proud. His great grandfather was one of the hostages taken by Emperor Tewodros (Theodore) at Magdala in northern Ethiopia during the course of a disagreement with Britain concerning correspondence to Queen Victoria that had gone unanswered.
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