Africa’s week in pictures: 8 – 14 January 2021


A selection of the week’s best photos from across the continent and beyond:

Women dance, carry goods, and clap their hands.
image captionOn Tuesday in northern Algeria, Berber women celebrate Yennayer, the Amazigh New Year. Part of the festivities involves appealing to the spirits for goodwill and abundance.
People celebrate in a tented area.
image captionOn Friday, family members celebrate the release of 23 soldiers who had been accused of being behind the assassination of DR Congo’s former president Laurent Kabila two decades ago.
A camel grazes in the setting sun.
image captionA camel grazes at dusk in eastern Sudan, close to Ethiopian refugee camps, on Friday.
A Russian made MI-17 helicopter, marked with a red star, supporting private Russian forces, Rwandans and loyalist forces, flies over Boali.
image captionA Russian-made helicopter flies close to the Central African Republic’s capital city on Sunday, near where rebel attacks have been carried out. Russia’s military involvement dates back several years, as does a lucrative mining exploration deal.
A runner dressed as the coronavirus competes in the race.
image captionOn the same day, a competitor hoping to raise awareness by wearing a coronavirus costume is among thousands to take part in the Great Ethiopian Run in Addis Ababa.
A boy looks at the fish that died and was swept ashore to Kigungu landing site in Entebbe, Uganda, on 12 January.
image captionUgandans are being warned not to eat dead fish washed ashore from Lake Victoria. Officials are still investigating, but say Nile perch are the only affected species and the deaths may be caused by a drop in oxygen levels.
A man walks past a painting on the wall of the Ugandan electoral commission compound in Kampala.
image captionA man walks past a mural of a voter on Wednesday, one day before Uganda’s general election.
A number of young people with disabilities mounted on horses.
image captionYoung people take part in equine therapy sessions in Egypt’s capital, Cairo, on Saturday.
Vodun dignitaries attend a ceremony in Guezin, Benin, as part of the annual festival.
image captionCoronavirus restrictions on large gatherings mean far fewer tourists and devotees attend Benin’s annual Vodun festival than usual on Sunday.
A boy carries water bottles to Khabrou Layene mosque.
image captionAnd on Tuesday, a boy takes empty water bottles to be refilled at a mosque in Senegal’s capital Dakar.