Africa’s week in pictures: 13-19 March 2020


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

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A flute player at the University of Sudan in the capital, Khartoum, practises in a studio on campus on Saturday.

Kelvin Charamba and his daughter Faith in front of a tent in Ngangu Chimanimani, Zimbabwe - Friday 13 March 2020Image copyright
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On Friday, a man plays with his daughter in front of a tent where they have been staying in eastern Zimbabwe since Cyclone Idai struck a year ago.

Chris Krauss of Sea The Bigger Picture Ocean teaches children about the marine environment in False Bay, Cape Town, South Africa - Sunday 15 March 2020Image copyright
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South African children are taught about marine life on Sunday in Cape Town as part of an initiative organised by the environmental group Sea The Bigger Picture.

A empty classroom in Abidjan, Ivory Coast - Tuesday 17 March 2020Image copyright
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An empty classroom is pictured on Tuesday in Ivory Coast’s main city of Abidjan after all schools were shut for 30 days as part of measures to stop the spread of coronavirus…

Students at JSS Tudun Wada school wash their hands in Abuja, Nigeria - Thursday 19 March 2020Image copyright
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In Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, on Thursday school students wash their hands with soap and water – one of the best ways to stop the spread of the virus…

A man walks down a street wearing a face mask in Dakar, Senegal - Wednesday 18 March 2020Image copyright
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Images of people wearing face masks, such as this man in Senegal’s capital, Dakar on Wednesday, are ubiquitous…

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Here tailors in a market in Rwanda’s capital, Kigali, work on orders for kitenge African fabric masks on Tuesday…

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The day before, some women in Burkina Faso’s capital, Ouagadougou don masks as part of efforts to stop the spread of coronavirus….

Female students in face masks in Mogadishu, Somalia - Thursday 19 March 2020Image copyright
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Students in Somalia’s capital, who have been sent home from school after one case of coronavirus was detected this week, are also seen wearing them on Thursday…

A man in a face mask walking through a market in Accra, Ghana- Saturday 14 March 2020Image copyright
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And a Ghanaian man walks through a market on Saturday. Experts dispute whether masks are a effective, saying hand washing and not touching faces are the best forms of protection…

A matutu minibus operator sprays a passenger's hands in Nairobi, Kenya - Friday 13 March 2020Image copyright
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On Friday, a matutu minibus operator in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, sprays a passenger’s hands with sanitiser before she boards…

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Nairobi, like other cities on the continent, has undergone a deep clean. Here an official sprays a chlorine solution on a park bench on Thursday…

Interior ministry forces tell a restaurant to close in Marrakesh, France - Monday 16 March 2020Image copyright
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In the Moroccan city of Marrakesh, interior ministry officers tell the owners of a restaurant to close on Monday to stop the spread of the virus…

A vendor shuts his stall in Marrakesh, Morroco - Monday 16 March 2020Image copyright
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The city is popular with tourists, but the North African nation has suspended flights to Europe and here a market vendor shuts up shop on Monday.

Fire fighters talking with a fire raging in front of them in Lagos, Nigeria - Sunday 15 March 2020Image copyright
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On Sunday, fire fighters in Nigeria’s city of Lagos deliberate about how to put out a blaze after a pipeline explosion.

A fisherman mending a net ahead in Argungu, Kebbi state, Nigeria - Saturday 14 March 2020Image copyright
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The day before, a fisherman mends a traditional net ahead of Nigeria’s Argungu fishing festival on the Matan Fada river in north-western Kebbi state…

Fishermen at the Argungu fishing festival in Kebbi state, Nigeria - Saturday 14 March 2020Image copyright
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The event has returned after a 10-year hiatus as security in the region has improved – and about 50,000 fishermen reportedly took part in it…

A man carrying a big fish at the Argungu fishing festival in Kebbi state, Nigeria - Saturday 14 March 2020Image copyright
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They have just one hour to catch the biggest fish – the winner bagged $27,000 (£24,000) and two cars among other prizes.

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