Petition for the Return of the Loot taken from Maqdala (Magdala) Ethiopia, in 1868. sign now

"Recalling that the British Expedition against Emperor Tewodros, in 1868, looted the Ethiopian ruler's capital, Maqdala;

"Realising that this looting had no justification in international law, and was in fact an illegal act;

"Remembering that the loot, which was and transported on no less than fifteen elephants and almost 200 mules, included two royal crowns; almost 400 manuscripts, many of them beautifully illustrated; an icon of Christ with the Crown of Thorns, which the Ethiopian army traditionally took with it on campaign; a dozen, tabots, or altar stones; numerous processional and other crosses; two huge royal tents; the Emperor's great royal seal; the amulet he wore round his neck; and even hair from his head, etc., etc.;

"Bearing in mind that most of these artifacts were seized from the Church of Madhane Alam, or Saviour of the World, and thus constituted an undoubted act of sacrilege;

"Noting that the loot from Maqdala is no scattered in numerous British institutions, including the British Museum; the British Library; the Victoria and Albert Museum; the Royal Library, Windsor Castle; the Bodleian Library, Oxford; and Cambridge University Library; as well as in private possession;

We, the undersigned, support for the restitution to Ethiopia of the loot from Maqdala, as demanded by AFROMET, the Association for the Return of Maqdala Ethiopian Treasures".

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Latest Signatures

  • 10 February 20161000. Mesfin S
    According to the Ten Commandements of our Lord Jesus Christ, It is a sin to take by force the belongings of others(do not steel).Therefore, please return our articrafts as soon as possible so that God will forgive your sin & bless the country.
  • 09 February 2016999. Geatahun Chaney
    I support this petition
  • 09 February 2016998. Fekre B
    Please give us every thing back that was stolen from us.
  • 09 February 2016997. Samson D
    It's about time. Infact it's way overdue.
  • 06 February 2016996. Adwa D
    I support this petition
  • 06 February 2016995. Alemtsehay T
    I support this petition
  • 05 February 2016994. Aster D
    Treasure belongs to its origin! It will only be fair if it goes back to its origin, Ethiopia. Respectfully,
  • 04 February 2016993. Rachel C
    I support this petition
  • 03 February 2016992. Wondimagegnehu G
    I support this petition
  • 03 February 2016991. Rupert W
    I am proudly British, but where will humanity derive the greatest value from these treasures? Today, I think, in Ethiopia.
  • 03 February 2016990. Amber O
    The British have a ton of artifacts that don't belong to them! Because of this, I doubt Ethiopia will get these artifacts back, but I'm signing this in the hopes they will be returned.
  • 31 January 2016989. Dr Yacobhailemariamhadbeenelectedtop
    We are only asking what is ours.
  • 28 January 2016988. Nancy Elliott
    I support this petition
  • 26 January 2016987. Getu Kebedew
    i dont know why it took so long
  • 26 January 2016986. Gashaw M
    We need our property
  • 24 January 2016985. Weleba Mullen
    I support this petition
  • 23 January 2016984. Elias H
    I support this petition
  • 22 January 2016983. Sara H
    I support this petition
  • 22 January 2016982. Bassam I
    G-d has forbidden theft. The loot is not yours regardless of how long its been since you stole it from its rightful owners.
  • 21 January 2016981. Fikrealem M
    I support this petition
  • 21 January 2016980. Ashley B
    Ras tafari
  • 17 January 2016979. Jze Cross
    In support of the petition
  • 17 January 2016978. Girmay Ht
    I support this petition
  • 16 January 2016977. Biniyam M
    Get back our staffs !!
  • 14 January 2016976. Keith W
    I support this petition
  • 14 January 2016975. Anchiye B
    I support this petition
  • 13 January 2016974. Melaku A
    The British forces looted not only our churches but also the young prince Alemayehu Tewodros who died and buried at Windsor Castle - Rest in Peace!

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Angela HolmesBy:
School and EducationIn:
Petition target:
The British Prime Minister, Mr Tony Blair,The British House of Commons: Culture, Media and Sport Committee, The British Library,The British Museum,The Royal Library, Windsor Castle,The Victoria and Albert Museum


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