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Fairfield House

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A photograph of Fairfield House, Bath which was were Emperor Haile Selassie resided in Britain during his exile from Ethiopia. On 3 October 1935 Italy invaded Ethiopia despite Ethiopia’s membership of the League
of Nations. After months of fighting, the Italians occuppied Addis Ababa. Emperor
Haile Selassie is forced to flee on 3rd June 1936. He arrives in Britain with a plan to present the Ethiopian case personally to the League of Nations. After addressing the League on 30 June of that year, Emperor Haile Selassie I and his family move to Fairfield House, Bath. From this residence the Emperor agitates for Ethiopian sovereignty on the world stage, coordinates refugee relief, and seeks to direct the Ethiopian resistance against Italy.

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