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Members of Ethiopian Orthodox choir sing during the Meskel festival celebration to commemorate the discovery of the true cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified on at Meskel square, in Addis Ababa Ethiopia, September 26, 2022. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

Members of Ethiopian Orthodox choir sing during the Meskel festival celebration to commemorate the discovery of the true cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified on at Meskel square, in Addis Ababa Ethiopia, September 26, 2022. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

Members of Ethiopian Orthodox choir sing during the Meskel festival celebration to commemorate the discovery of the true cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified on at Meskel square, in Addis Ababa Ethiopia, September 26, 2022. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri
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Ethiopian Orthodox faithful hold candles during the Meskel festival celebration to commemorate the discovery of the true cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified on, at Meskel square, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, September 26, 2022. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

Ethiopian Orthodox faithful hold candles during the Meskel festival celebration to commemorate the discovery of the true cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified on, at Meskel square, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, September 26, 2022. REUTERS/Tiksa...more

Ethiopian Orthodox faithful hold candles during the Meskel festival celebration to commemorate the discovery of the true cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified on, at Meskel square, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, September 26, 2022. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri
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Ethiopian Orthodox deacons hold cross during the Meskel festival celebration to commemorate the discovery of the true cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified on, at the Meskel square in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, September 26, 2022. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

Ethiopian Orthodox deacons hold cross during the Meskel festival celebration to commemorate the discovery of the true cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified on, at the Meskel square in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, September 26, 2022. REUTERS/Tiksa...more

Ethiopian Orthodox deacons hold cross during the Meskel festival celebration to commemorate the discovery of the true cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified on, at the Meskel square in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, September 26, 2022. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri
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A member of Ethiopian Orthodox choir plays a traditional drum during the Meskel festival celebration to commemorate the discovery of the true cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified on, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, September 26, 2022. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

A member of Ethiopian Orthodox choir plays a traditional drum during the Meskel festival celebration to commemorate the discovery of the true cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified on, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, September 26, 2022. REUTERS/Tiksa...more

A member of Ethiopian Orthodox choir plays a traditional drum during the Meskel festival celebration to commemorate the discovery of the true cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified on, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, September 26, 2022. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri
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Members of Ethiopian Orthodox choir sing during the Meskel festival celebration to commemorate the discovery of the true cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified on at Meskel square, in Addis Ababa Ethiopia, September 26, 2022. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

Members of Ethiopian Orthodox choir sing during the Meskel festival celebration to commemorate the discovery of the true cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified on at Meskel square, in Addis Ababa Ethiopia, September 26, 2022. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

Members of Ethiopian Orthodox choir sing during the Meskel festival celebration to commemorate the discovery of the true cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified on at Meskel square, in Addis Ababa Ethiopia, September 26, 2022. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri
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Members of Ethiopian Orthodox choir sing during the Meskel festival celebration to commemorate the discovery of the true cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified on at Meskel square, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, September 26, 2022. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

Members of Ethiopian Orthodox choir sing during the Meskel festival celebration to commemorate the discovery of the true cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified on at Meskel square, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, September 26, 2022. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

Members of Ethiopian Orthodox choir sing during the Meskel festival celebration to commemorate the discovery of the true cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified on at Meskel square, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, September 26, 2022. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri
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Ethiopian Orthodox faithful hold candles during the Meskel festival celebration to commemorate the discovery of the true cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified on, at Meskel square, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, September 26, 2022. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

Ethiopian Orthodox faithful hold candles during the Meskel festival celebration to commemorate the discovery of the true cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified on, at Meskel square, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, September 26, 2022. REUTERS/Tiksa...more

Ethiopian Orthodox faithful hold candles during the Meskel festival celebration to commemorate the discovery of the true cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified on, at Meskel square, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, September 26, 2022. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri
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Members of Ethiopian Orthodox choir sing during the Meskel festival celebration to commemorate the discovery of the true cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified on at Meskel square, in Addis Ababa Ethiopia, September 26, 2022. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

Members of Ethiopian Orthodox choir sing during the Meskel festival celebration to commemorate the discovery of the true cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified on at Meskel square, in Addis Ababa Ethiopia, September 26, 2022. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

Members of Ethiopian Orthodox choir sing during the Meskel festival celebration to commemorate the discovery of the true cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified on at Meskel square, in Addis Ababa Ethiopia, September 26, 2022. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri
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Ethiopian Orthodox deacons hold cross during the Meskel festival celebration to commemorate the discovery of the true cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified on, at the Meskel square in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, September 26, 2022. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

Ethiopian Orthodox deacons hold cross during the Meskel festival celebration to commemorate the discovery of the true cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified on, at the Meskel square in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, September 26, 2022. REUTERS/Tiksa...more

Ethiopian Orthodox deacons hold cross during the Meskel festival celebration to commemorate the discovery of the true cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified on, at the Meskel square in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, September 26, 2022. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri
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A member of Ethiopian Orthodox choir plays a traditional drum during the Meskel festival celebration to commemorate the discovery of the true cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified on, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, September 26, 2022. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

A member of Ethiopian Orthodox choir plays a traditional drum during the Meskel festival celebration to commemorate the discovery of the true cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified on, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, September 26, 2022. REUTERS/Tiksa...more

A member of Ethiopian Orthodox choir plays a traditional drum during the Meskel festival celebration to commemorate the discovery of the true cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified on, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, September 26, 2022. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri
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