Ethiopia PM in Tigray region, joins efforts to save Axum obelisk

Ethiopia PM in Tigray region, joins efforts to save Axum obelisk

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Dr Minilik Ahmad guyyaa har’aa Aksum jira. Lixa Oromiyaatti Oromoota summiin fixaa Amaarri tokkichi Aksumitti du’eef jecha garas imale. Biyya san keessatti lubbuun namaa maalif akka wal caaltu naaf hin galle.

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(africanews)—Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed is in the northern Tigray region where he has held a series of meetings with stakeholders over a wide range of issues.

Abiy and his delegation were met on arrival in the region by its Vice President Dr Debretsion Gebremichael.

One of his main engagements had to do with efforts aimed at saving a historic obelisk located in the city of Axum. Together with his host, they reviewed “the current status of the obelisks,” his office said.

“PM Abiy held discussions with community members of Axum city. The participants appreciated the PM’s responsiveness to the call residents made to hold discussions with him on issues related to the rehabilitation of the obelisks.

“In addition, the Prime Minister addressed key queries raised regarding budgetary allocations, water shortages, infrastructure requirements, peace and security and other issues,” his office added.

Ethiopia fought for years for the monument to be returned from Italy after it was taken away by Italian invaders. Abiy’s move is the latest in a series of efforts that saw the Minister of Tourism also visit the site last month.

Portions of the obelisk have collapsed to the ground whiles reports indicate that their foundations also remained weakened and in dire need of rehabilitation to arrest further deterioration.

Return of the obelisk and Pankhurst’s impact
The axum stelae as it is known was re-erected in 2008. The 1,700-year-old giant stone obelisk was taken to Italy by fascist invaders in the 1930s and remained there until it was restored to its historic site in an ancient northern town.

The Ethiopian government in 2017 mourned one of its greatest historians, Dr Richard Pankhurst, who died at the age of 90, for his role in helping to secure the return of the monument.

The country’s Foreign Ministry in a statement at the time referred to Pankhurst as a ‘‘doyen of historians and scholars of Ethiopia,’‘ it added that he ‘‘was one of Ethiopia’s greatest friends during his long and productive life, and his scholarship and understanding for Ethiopia will be sorely missed.’‘

He had earlier received an award of recognition from ex-President Teshome Mulatu for the crucial role he played in the campaign for the return of a historical monument.

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  1. It’s really mind boggling that abyssinians had the skills to build their obelisk but did not have the know-how to repair it’s minor damage now and the country’s shameless prime minister Colonel Abiy had to beg Italy to fix the damage. Where had ethiopia’s acclaimed know-how to build it gone now? Is it because their descendants spend much of their time and resources in colonizing and terrorizing their neighboring countries like Oromia, Sidama and Somalia? Or is it someone else who built the obelisk in the first place and the notorious abyssinians had eliminated the engineers who built it from the face of the earth without trace in the same way they tried to eliminate Oromo names and cultures from Oromia?

    Where has abyssinian’s skills to build the obelisk now gone?

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