The Embassy of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia in London has commended the unanimous decision by the Trustees of the National Army Museum to return locks of hair belonging to Ethiopia’s Emperor Tewodros II, which were removed by a member of the British Expeditionary Force led by Field Marshal Robert Cornelius Napier after the Emperor chose to commit suicide rather than surrender at the battle of Maqdala in 1868.
An official from the Ethiopian embassy said that the locks of hair represent the remains of one of the country’s most revered and beloved leaders.
On March 7th, the Ethiopian Embassy in London will hold discussions with the National Army Museum on the repatriation of the hair.
The Embassy further stated that this is an exemplary gesture of goodwill by the National Army Museum – coming as it does at the end of a year-long commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Maqdala which signifies the dawn of a new level of shared understanding in their complex history. It is also a reflection of the longstanding ties between Ethiopia and the UK, based on a spirit of partnership and the principle of mutual benefits.
The Embassy concluded by thanking and appreciating the National Army Museum for their commendable deed.