Rita Pankhurst dies at 92 in Addis Ababa

Rita Pankhurst will be fondly remembered by Ethiopians

The late Rita Pankhurst
The late Rita Pankhurst. Photo source : EBC

May 31, 2019

Widow of the late Richard Pankhurst, renowned Ethiopian historian, and researcher, Rita Pankhurst died on Thursday in Addis Ababa at the age of 92, State Broadcaster EBC reported on Friday.  

She served as a librarian at Haileselassie I University (now Addis Ababa University) and at the National Library, and she is survived by two children – Alula Pankhurst and Helen Pankhurst 

The Pankhurst family is known in the country as a loyal friend of Ethiopia since the time of Fascist Italy’s invasion of Ethiopia in the late 1930s. 

In recognition of their positive contribution and friendship to Ethiopia, they were awarded honorary citizenship. 

Richard Pankhurst passed away in February 2017 and is laid to rest at Kiddist Selassie Menbere Tsebaot Church cemetery, which is reserved for prominent Ethiopian patriot and important figures who contributed to Ethiopia.

Details of the funeral for Rita are not disclosed so far. 

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