Tuareg men attend a ceremony where chief Amdague denies slavery exists in Niger.
Tuareg men, claiming to be slaves, attend a ceremony where their Chief Arissal ag Amdague who had promised to release 7,000 slaves denies slavery exists in Niger March 5, 2005 ceremony in Ates, Tillaberi region of western Niger, 277km (141 miles) from capital Niamey. According to the Anti-Slavery International organisation, up to 43,000 slaves in Niger perform gruelling work without pay and are routinely subjected to physical and sexual abuse. Picture taken March 5, 2005. REUTERS/Georgina Cranston GC/RSS/AA