Stolen Crown Returns to Ethiopian Church

ADDIS ABABA – An 18th Century ceremonial crown that resurfaced in the Netherlands after being taken from a church more than 20 years ago has returned to the church it came from.

Debre Medhanit Slase Cheleqo is the church in northern Ethiopia that had originally housed it.

It’s believed the crown was given to the church by feudal lord Ras Weldeselassie hundreds of years ago.

The crown was returned to Ethiopia last month, following a campaign by Ethiopian Sirak Asfaw who discovered it in the suitcase of a visitor in 1998.

Church priests told BBC Tigrinya that they wanted the artefact back in its rightful place rather than being put in a museum in Addis Ababa.

Their wish was granted.

Image Girmay Gebru/BBC

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