Fighting in Ethiopia: “The sacredness which protected the site and the city of Lalibela has been shattered”

Fighting in Ethiopia The sacredness which protected the site and

On November 9, 2023, the Ethiopian federal army regained control of Lalibela in Amhara, after the departure of the local militia who had previously seized it. These clashes have raised strong fears about the churches of this holy Orthodox city, listed as UNESCO World Heritage since 1978. Researchers Marie Bridonneau and Marie-Laure Derat, co-directors of the “Sustainable Lalibela” project, are making the update on the situation of the site and their conservation. Interview.