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In pictures: Chad abduction row

A child at an orphanage in Abeche, Chad, where the children involved in the Zoe's Ark row were taken (27 October)

More than 100 children in Chad are being cared for at a day-care centre in Abeche after an alleged attempt by a charity to smuggle them to France last week.

Some of the Europeans being held in custody in Chad on child kidnapping and fraud charges (26 October)

Those accused of participation in the alleged abduction include 16 Europeans - nine French and seven Spanish - who have been in custody in Abeche since Thursday.

Zoe's Ark members at Vatry airport in France on 25 October waiting for the children from Chad.

The row erupted when Zoe's Ark charity attempted to fly children they believed were orphans from Sudan's Darfur region to France.

Medical staff with children at the orphanage in Abeche, Chad, where the children involved in the Zoe's Ark row were taken (27 October)

The charity says it was trying to take them abroad for medical treatment. But other aid workers say none of the children was being treated for any serious illnesses or injuries.

A street scene in Abeche, eastern Chad

Abeche is Chad's second city in the east of the country where more than 200,000 Sudanese refugees now live after fleeing the conflict in neighbouring Darfur.

Chad Justice Minister Albert Pahimi Padacke holding one of the youngest of the children who were to fly to France (27 October 2007 )

Since the scandal blew up, officials have been pouring into the centre, keen to show they care for the children.

Children at an orphanage in Abeche, Chad, where the children involved in the Zoe's Ark row were taken (27 October)

Chad's President Idriss Deby has promised "severe punishment" for what he has described as a "kidnapping" or "child-trafficking" operation.

A small crowd outside the courtroom in Abeche, Chad (30 October 2007)

The group were charged early on Tuesday morning at Abeche's court. If they are found guilty, they face between five and 20 years in prison with hard labour.

Some of the Europeans being held in custody in Chad on child kidnapping and fraud charges (30 October)

After six days in custody - and still dressed in their uniforms and charity T-shirts - the foreigners looked distraught and extremely dishevelled.



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