5 African voices out of many …

about ‘Kidnap or salvation? Debate rages on Chad children’

Published on yahoo news, by Pascal Fletcher, November 2, 2007.

… “For me, these children were in danger, in a genocide zone. Something had to be done for them,” an African-born listener called Michel told a Radio France International phone-in show.

“I think Zoe’s Ark were clumsy but they can’t be completely condemned,” another listener, Lynette, said. She said her family was one of those planning to foster a child and paid over 2,000 euros ($2,900) as a “donation” to cover logistics and reception costs.

Others had sharply different views. “Please, Europeans, our children are not for sale,” said Okeke Cyprian from Mauritania in an e-mail to the BBC “Have Your Say” Website.

“I will gladly give out my child for adoption (rather) than for her to die of starvation, malnutrition, lack of medical attention … or for her to be uneducated,” said Mah Estela from Cameroon, e-mailing in to the same program.

“The Chadian government is making loud noise now, but they did nothing to provide a better future for those kids … Africa wake up and face reality,” she wrote from Douala … (full text).

… more articles:

Zoe’s Ark threat to Save the Children’s brand, by Paul Jump, Third Sector Online, Nov. 2, 2007.

Listen to Euronews-video: Hope for accused in Chad kidnappings, 1.20 min., Nov. 2, 2007.

Chad’s President: Free French Reporters, by TOM MALITI, Nov. 2, 2007.

Ordeal of Chad children in ‘kidnap’ row, Oct. 29, 2007.

French group says aimed to help Chad children, Oct. 29, 2007.

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