“We have written a protest letter to the university and they have honoured our protest to cancel the event with Dr. Samuel Assefa, Woyane Ambassador to the United States,” the prominent lawyer and political activist Dr. Shakespear Feyissa said in a telephone conversation with EMF. Ethiopian’s were also preparing to depose Meles Zenawi upon arrival. The same protest letter is being submitted to Washington University, Shakespear said.
The 3.2 million-year-old Lucy skeleton was sent out of Ethiopia for a tour of the United States — a trip that some say is simply too risky for one of the world’s most famous fossils. Many wonder why the fossils of Lucy had to be sent abroad for foreign exhibition while it should have been visited in Ethiopia. Lucy has been in Ethiopia over the last 30 years displayed at the National Museum in Addis Ababa.