Africa’s week in pictures: 14-20 February 2020


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

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In northern Ethiopia’s Mekelle city on Wednesday, a man rides a horse painted in the colours of the Tigray region’s flag to mark the 45th anniversary of the launch of armed resistance against the-then Marxist regime…

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An Ethiopian holds a candle during a lighting ceremony on the eve of the 45th anniversary of the launching of the "Armed Struggle of the Peoples of Tigray", on 18 February 2020 at Mekelle city.Image copyright
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While this woman holds a candle during a ceremony to remember those killed during the conflict.

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Libyans children dressed in military fatigue stand at attention during a gathering to commemorate the ninth anniversary of the uprising against former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in the capital Tripoli on 17 February 2020.Image copyright
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In Libya’s capital, Tripoli, on Monday, children dressed in military fatigues stand to attention to commemorate the ninth anniversary of the uprising that led to the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi’s regime.

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Egyptian Ibrahim Salah works on a statue of the ancient Egyptian goddess Bastet of scrap pieces in Giza on 19 February 2020.Image copyright
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In Giza in Egypt on Wednesday, artist Ibrahim Salah works on a statue, made with 3,000 pieces of scrap, of Bastet, the ancient goddess of fertility, protection and pleasure.

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Tailor Mohamed Diallo sews at his local fashion shop in Dixinn neighbourhood, Conakry, Guinea, 17 February 2020.Image copyright
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While Mohamed Diallo, a tailor for 40 years, sews in his shop in a neighbourhood in Guinea’s capital, Conakry, on Monday.

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Nigerian singer-songwriter Burna Boy poses on the red carpet on arrival for the BRIT Awards 2020 in London on 18 February 2020.Image copyright
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Nigerian music star Burna Boy is all smiles as he arrives for the BRIT Awards 2020 in London on Tuesday. He performed with British rapper Stormzy.

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Catholics gather to pray on the premises of the Saint-Paul Cathedral in Abidjan on 15 February 2020.Image copyright
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This woman prays at a Catholic service in Ivory Coast’s main city, Abidjan, on Saturday.

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Disabled bodybuilder, Lehlogovolo Shikava, lifts weights at the iKasi Gym in the township of Alexandra, Johannesburg, on 19 February 2020.Image copyright
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At a gym in a township in South Africa’s main city, Johannesburg, on Wednesday, Lehlogovolo Shikava lifts weights to stay fit after he lost his lower left leg during an armed robbery…

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Simo Mdudu at the King David Mowbray golf course in Cape Town, South Africa, on 18 February 2020.Image copyright
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While amputee Simo Mdudu practises chipping balls on a golf course in Cape Town on Tuesday.

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Residents look on as they reflect after seeing a swarm of locusts pass through Lopei in Uganda on 16 February 2020.Image copyright
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These residents of Lopei in northern Uganda catch their breath on Sunday after a swarm of desert locusts pass through their town.

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A woman gets her make-up done during the Valentine Street Family Bash in Nairobi on 14 February 2020.Image copyright
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In Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, on Friday, this woman gets her make-up done during the Valentine Street Family Bash…

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A woman who is getting married on Robben Island on 14 February 2020.Image copyright
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And this woman, dressed in a Xhosa-inspired outfit, celebrated Valentine’s Day by getting married on Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was once imprisoned.

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