9th January 2020

In_pictures Africa’s week in pictures: 13 – 19 December 2019

In_pictures Africa’s week in pictures: 13 – 19 December 2019

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

in_pictures Children wave flags in the air as they dance.Image copyright
AFP

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Children perform at an after-school club in Nairobi on Saturday, run by ex-professional Kenyan dancer Mike Wamaya.

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in_pictures A man sings as he plays steel hand-held cymbals, called krakebs.Image copyright
AFP

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On the same day, Gnawa performers in the Moroccan city of Essaouira celebrate the tradition’s newly minted Unesco heritage status…

in_pictures A man jumps in the air as he plays steel hand-held cymbals, called krakebs.Image copyright
AFP

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It says Gnawa is primarily “a Sufi brotherhood music combined with lyrics with a generally religious content, invoking ancestors and spirits”.

in_pictures An elderly man looks directly into the camera.Image copyright
AFP

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In central Somalia on the same day, 74-year-old Omar Dule is among those sheltering at a UN camp after losing his home to floods that have hit thousands of people in East Africa.

in_pictures Traditionally clad queens from various provinces of South Africa take part in the Miss Indoni SA section of the three-day Indoni Cultural Festival.Image copyright
AFP

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On Friday, candidates for the Miss Indoni cultural pageant title wait backstage in Durban, South Africa…

in_pictures Participants at the Indoni festival talk and wait to take to the stage.Image copyright
AFP

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The annual Indoni Cultural Festival brings together cultural groups from South Africa’s many provinces.

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in_pictures Sudanese protesters wait at a train station in Khartoum to board a train to Atbara.Image copyright
AFP

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On Thursday, celebrations begin in Sudan’s capital Khartoum as the country marks one year since the start of protests which led to the ousting of former President Omar al-Bashir after nearly 30 years in power.

in_pictures Women and children watch a kite surfing tournament.Image copyright
AFP

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On Friday, families watch kite surfers off the coast of Libya’s capital, Tripoli.

in_pictures A man jumps acrobatically next to a row of columns.Image copyright
AFP

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On the same day in eastern Libya, a man practises parkour among the ruins of the the ancient Greek city of Cyrene.

in_pictures A South African rugby supporter wearing flag-print swimming trunks throws the ball.Image copyright
AFP

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At the Rugby World Sevens series in Cape Town on Saturday, a fan sports the South African flag-print swimming trunks that were popularised by player Faf de Klerk after the country’s World Cup win last month.

in_pictures Soldiers and residents swim next to Mogadishu's air base as a plane flies overhead.Image copyright
AFP

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Bathers look on as a military plane lands at an airbase in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, on Friday.

in_pictures Ice sculptures featuring pharaohs, and Egyptian queen and hieroglyphics.Image copyright
NurPhoto

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This tribute to ancient Egypt is among the ice sculptures on display at a festival in the Netherlands on Saturday.

in_pictures People look at a house covered in Christmas lights of various colours.Image copyright
AFP

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On Wednesday, people visit a house decked out in hundreds of Christmas lights in a suburb of Durban, South Africa.

in_pictures People walk through a heart-shaped tunnel of red Christmas lights.Image copyright
AFP

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And visitors to Durban Botanical Gardens walk through its Trail of Lights on the same day.

Pictures from Getty Images, AFP and Nur Photo.

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