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An emotional exhibition of Benin’s returned royal treasures

By France24
04 March 2022   |   9:19 pm
After a 130 years away, 26 stolen artefacts from Benin are finally being displayed at home after having been returned by France.The pieces were looted by soldiers from the kingdom of Dahomey in 1892 and are now taking pride of place at the presidential palace.

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