U.S. Set to Return Philippine Bells


One hundred seventeen years after the United States military carted off three church bells as war trophies from a town in central Philippines, the U.S. government has announced it will return the bells. The bells were initially seized during American occupation of the islands when, after an ambush that claimed the lives of 48 American soldiers, an American commander ordered his forces to kill every male older than 10 years. Historians estimate that the regions’ population shrank by about 15,000 after the massacre, whether from killing, starvation, or people fleeing for other reasons. For more than two decades, successive Philippine governments have tried to secure the bells’ return.

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New York Times