Memorandum submitted by the Ethiopian
World Federation Incorporated
The EWF, Inc, was established in 1937 by constitution,
in New York City. We have enclosed for your records a copy of
our aims and objectives.
Our claim concerns the property looted from the Ethiopian Church
on the 13 April 1868, by the British, under the command of General
Sir Robert Napier. The facts of this case are well documented
on public record.
For the purpose of your Committee's inquiry
we have sent for your attention a copy of an article from The
Times dated 21 November 1998 entitled "Britain urged to return
We have enclosed two documents that reinforce
1. House of Commons 20 February 1871
2. Abyssinian War Prize Debate 30 June 1871
It seems to us that the opinion of Mr Gladstone,
Prime Minister at the time of the Abyssinian War Prize Debate,
still has bearing on the work of your Committee. The facts of
this case have been well established, The Guardian newspaper in
an article values the property at over £3 billion sterling
at current prices.
Without prejudice to the claim of the Ethiopian
Government and Church. The Constitution of Ethiopian World Federation,
Inc represents the interest of the Black peoples of the World.
We hereby submit that our community here in England and the rest
of the world have not been educated to our spiritual and cultural
heritage; of the looted manuscripts 550 are in England, can the
Committee advise us which of these are suitable for education
How many members of the Committee have seen
these manuscripts and their translations? How many Committee members
are aware of this case? Is the Committee aware that the Royal
Chronicles of Ethiopia are in England today?
Queen Victoria returned one copy of "the
Kebra Nagast Chronicle of Queen of Sheba", to Emperor Yohannes.
In 1924 His Majesty King George returned the Throne of Emperor
Theodore, and in 1965 Queen Elizabeth II, returned the Royal Cap
and Seal. The book of "Dengal Maryam", the Mother of
Jesus Christ, is in the Royal Library at Windsor Castle.
We would be willing to submit further written
or oral evidence to help your Committee.
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