There has been a happy ending for 31 Congolese children and their adoptive parents in Italy.
A special plane flew the youngsters to Rome for an emotional reunion, after months of bureaucratic wrangling was resolved.
Some 24 Italian couples went to the Democratic Republic of Congo to collect the youngsters last year but had to leave without them when authorities failed to clear the adoptions.
“They were really emotional and happy, especially when they saw from the plane that their parents were waiting,” said Italian government minister Maria Elena Boschi, who flew back with the children to what will be their new home.
A deal now struck, the youngsters can begin their new life.
Many are orphans, having lost their natural parents in fighting on the Congolese border with Burundi.