The culture history of the
Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

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Ethiopian historical antiques being stolen
By Yemisrach Benalfew, Third Word Network, October 1999. Antiques stolen from the Ethiopian Orthodox churches are being sold on the international market. The 800 years of dedication by priests to save the relics is probably declining. More than 2,000 antiques have disappeared in Amhara region, north of Ethiopia, in the past 10 years.
Ethiopians Enter 1993 New Year’s Day Monday
Panafrican News Agency, 10 September 2000. Ethiopians celebrate New Year’s Day Monday, ushering in the first day of 1993, according to the Julian calendar, which the Ethiopian Orthodox Church and the nation still adhere to. The alphabet is based on the ancient Ge’ez Script that dates back to the first century AD.
Italy To Return Obelisk, Pledges Millions To Ethiopia
Panafrican News Agency, 20 December 2000. Italy will soon return the Axum obelisk. The return of the obelisk serves to relaunch the existing bilateral relations and co-operation between the two countries and further strengthen them. The obelisk, the tallest among the then existing ones at Axum, was taken down and cut into three pieces in 1937 and shipped to Italy on the personal orders of Mussolini, a year after his forces invaded Ethiopia.
Member of European Parliament Tabled Questions On the Return of Aksum Obelisk
Addis Tribune (Addis Ababa), 20 July 2001. Revelations about loot from Ethiopia still in Italy. The Italo-Ethiopian Agreement of 1997 laid down that the Aksum obelisk (stela), looted on Mussolini’s personal orders in 1937, would be returned within the year 1997.