Statement to The Telegraph

22 Jan 2021

Response to the 17th January 2021 article by Dalya Alberge, “Churches and mosques in Tigray ‘vandalised and looted’ in Ethiopian purge.”

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“The facts on the ground are entirely detached from the situation painted herein by TPLF affiliates and those fooled by their campaign of misinformation. Instead, evidence shows that TPLF forces, in their fight to overthrow the Government of Ethiopia, used ancient churches and mosques as shields, hiding places, and as depots to store their military supplies. This is being done with the ill-intent of causing destruction to these sites, in a desperate move to receive the attention of the international community.

Ethiopia, a country of ancient civilizations, has the most UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Africa (9 sites) and is best known for cultural and religious tolerance. The Government of Ethiopia is fully aware of the significance of the country’s ancient religious sites and remains fully committed for their protection.”

H.E. Teferi Melesse Desta
Ambassador
Embassy of Ethiopia, London

—ENDS—

For further information, please contact the Press Office at press@ethioembassy.org.uk | 0207 838 3883

 

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