Facebook) - These photo were taken in 1896 in a field hospital in Massawa, Eritrea. It depicts Eritrean askari (soldiers) and some Italian officers. The soldiers were captured in a battle on March 1, 1896, between the invading Italian colonial army and Abyssinia (Ethiopia).January 19, 2014 (
The Abyssinias won the battle and 2000 Eritrean soldiers who were in
Italian service were killed and 800 were captured. As punishment for
what the Ethiopians regarded as treason, the right hand and left foot of
the captured were cut off. According to the Italian subtitle this was
done at the monastery of Abba Garima east of Adwa, in the Tigray region
in northern Ethiopia. Many of the captives died from their injuries.
This video (source
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=497995930253874) was made for the
exhibition “The Storage – An Ethnographic Treasure” displayed at the
Museum of Ethnography, Stockholm, Sweden.