L'Arche de Zoe is a French charity organization with the aim of increasing awareness of the crisis in Darfur and providing aid for children affected by the conflict. The organization was brought into the public's awareness with the arrest of 17 members in Abéché, accused of child abduction.
On Tuesday, October 30th, the 17 members were formally charged by the government of Chad for child abduction, which comes with a minimum sentence of 20 years with hard labour. Three journalists and the seven crew members were also charged for complicity.
Chad's president, Idriss Deby has promised "severe punishment" for the volunteers. The volunteers are awaiting transfer to a safer jail in N'Djamena, the capital, as angry crowds have gathered outside the jail.
But what to think ? I can't even answer to this question...was it good that poor children go to France to have a better life ? Or was it better that they stay with their parents to have "a normal life" in their country of origin ?