GERMANY FIRST TO HAND BACK BENIN BRONZES LOOTED BY BRITISH


01/05/2021




Aslıhan DOĞRU -TDO- The German government has announced that Benin bronzes looted from Nigeria during the colonial period will be returned to their homeland.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Culture said in a statement that the return of bronze artefacts belonging to the Kingdom of Benin would begin in 2022 "as part of the trend to return cultural artefacts seized during the colonial period to their exit locations."

"We want to act with a common understanding and contribute to reconciliation with the descendants of people whose cultural treasures were stolen during the colonial period," German Culture Minister Monika Gruetters said in a statement.


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