Curators prepare Beninese artifacts for return from France

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The Quai Branly museum in Paris is bustling with activity, as curators from Benin and France packing and wrapping up items that France looted in colonial times to return to this West African country. . Report by Julien Sauvaget and Jean-Emile Jammine from AXADLETM.

“It is a very fragile statue,” said Abdoulaye Imorou, curator and director of the royal palaces of Abomey in Benin, as he oversaw how one of the 26 “Treasures of Abomey” that France returns in this report. West African country is packaged for transport. .

French forces stole the artifacts from Benin in 1892. They are set to return following growing calls in Africa for European countries to return colonial-era loot from museums.

“We can’t wait to return to Benin, so that people can welcome us with great joy,” said Imorou. “Everyone is waiting for them. “

Benin is planning a national ceremony next week to celebrate the arrival of the artifacts.

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