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In pictures: Ethiopia's Afar region

Afar region, Ethiopia. Pic sent by Adrian Waddingham

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.

Afar region, Ethiopia. Pic sent by Adrian Waddingham

Adrian Waddingham visited the Danakil Depression, one of the lowest and hottest places on Earth, at the start of 2007.

Afar region, Ethiopia. Picture sent by Melody Brooks Dill.

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.

Afar region, Ethiopia. Picture sent by Melody Brooks Dill.

The Afar are an ethnic group living mainly in the desert region, as well as Eritrea and Djibouti.

Mekele, northern Ethiopia. Pic sent by Richard Bishopp

Mekele, pictured by Richard Bishopp, is the nearest town to the remote area in which the abductions took place.

Afar region, Ethiopia. Pic sent by Ian Carson

Ian and Mary Carson's son Aaron recently travelled independently in the region - which is rich in salt.

Afar region, Ethiopia. Pic sent by Ian Carson

The area also has an active volcano, pictured here by Aaron Carson.

Afar region, Ethiopia. Picture sent by Melody Brooks Dill.

Ethiopia is Africa's oldest independent country - apart from a five-year occupation by Mussolini's Italy, it has never been colonised.

Camels, Afar region, Ethiopia. Picture sent by Melody Brooks Dill.

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.




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