BBC News Website readers have sent in images of Ethiopia's Afar region, after five Britons were kidnapped there. Adrian Waddingham took this in the Danakil Depression.
Adrian Waddingham visited the Danakil Depression, one of the lowest and hottest places on Earth, at the start of 2007.
Tourists visiting in the area are advised to travel with an armed guard. Melody Brooks Dill took this picture during a visit to the region.
The Afar are an ethnic group living mainly in the desert region, as well as Eritrea and Djibouti.
Mekele, pictured by Richard Bishopp, is the nearest town to the remote area in which the abductions took place.
Ian and Mary Carson's son Aaron recently travelled independently in the region - which is rich in salt.
The area also has an active volcano, pictured here by Aaron Carson.
Ethiopia is Africa's oldest independent country - apart from a five-year occupation by Mussolini's Italy, it has never been colonised.
About 8,000 British tourists visit Ethiopia each year. The Foreign Office is currently advising against all travel to the Afar and Danakil regions of the country.