Africa's week in pictures: 21-27 May 2021

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

People sitting on chairs in the River Nile in Khartoum, Sudan - Tuesday 25 May 2021
Residents of Sudan's capital, Khartoum, take a pew and cool their feet on Tuesday at a point where the Blue Nile and the White Nile merge.
Joy Paul Kurmi, a student from the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, sits in her kitchen in Kaduna, Nigeria - Friday 21 May 2021
A student who was kept hostage for about two months in a forest by kidnappers in Nigeria relaxes in the kitchen of her home in Kaduna on Friday.
A view from Tchegera Island outside Goma on Lake Kivu showing flame spewing from Mount Nyiragongo, DR Congo - Saturday 22 May 2021
The most dramatic pictures of the week come from eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, where the volcano Mount Nyiragongo erupts on Saturday…
Smouldering lava deposited by the eruption of Mount Nyiragongo volcano is seen near Goma - Sunday 23 May 2021
Smouldering lava deposited by the eruption is seen near the city of Goma the next day….
People sleeping outside on a street in Gisenyi, Rwanda - Sunday 23 May 2021
Those who fled the city crossed over the border to Rwanda where they sleep out in the open on Sunday…
People on a boat on Lake Kivu fleeing Goma, DR Congo - Thursday 27 May 2021
Aftershocks have been felt all week and on Thursday residents of Goma again start to flee as the authorities order another evacuation.
Windows of Hope by artist Ardyn Halter, the son of Auschwitz survivor Roman Halter, decorates the Kigali Genocide Memorial, in Rwanda - Wednesday 26 May 2021
President Emmanuel Macron visits Rwanda on Thursday to apologise for France's role in the 1994 genocide. He was speaking at the genocide memorial where this stained glass window by the son of an Auschwitz survivor is seen.
A graffiti artist paints Kenyan freedom fighter Dedan Kimathi Waciuri in an event organised by Kamukunji Youth Congress in Nairobi, Kenya - Tuesday 25 May 2021
A graffiti artist in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, works on a portrait of Kenyan anti-colonial fighter Dedan Kimathi Waciuri on Tuesday to mark Africa Day.
A member of the uMkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA), in a face mask, stands next to a stage moments before former South African President Jacob Zuma addresses his supporters in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa - Wednesday 26 May 2021
A supporter of Jacob Zuma wears an impressive face mask in Pietermaritzburg where South Africa's former president pleads not guilty on Wednesday at the start of his corruption trial.
Luna Solomon pointing an air rifle in Lausanne, Switzerland - Sunday 23 May 2021
Luna Solomon, from Eritrea, takes aim on Sunday as she trains in Switzerland hoping to qualify for the 10m air rifle event as part of the Olympic refugee team.
Two men put on a puppet show for children in Metuge settlement for people displaced in Mozambique - Friday 21 May 2021
On Friday, a puppet show is put on at a settlement for those who have fled brutal attacks by Islamist insurgents in northern Mozambique.
A man leading two camels along a beach in Sousse, Tunisia - Saturday 22 May 2021
The next day, a man leads camels along a beach in Sousse as a few tourists return to the Tunisian resort.
Odixco F Gongoar, owner of God Bless Bicycle Repair Center, repairs a bicycle as a trainee looks on in Paynesville, Liberia - Monday 24 May 2021
The owner of a bicycle repair centre outside Liberia's capital, Monrovia, is seen at work on Monday with one of his young apprentices looking on.
Graves at the Anosiala cemetery near Antananarivo, Madagascar - Saturday 22 May 2021
Flowers are seen on Saturday at a new cemetery outside Madagascar's capital, opened last month to deal with an increase in coronavirus deaths and because the authorities have banned the transportation of bodies for burial elsewhere.
Men fishing off a boat on the River Niger in Bamako, Mali - Tuesday 25 May 2021
Two men fish on the River Niger, which flows through Mali's capital, Bamako, on Tuesday in what looks like a tranquil scene…
Nigeria's ex-President Goodluck Jonathan wearing a black hat and face mask talking on a phone in Bamako, Mali - Wednesday 26 May 2021
But for Nigeria's ex-President Goodluck Jonathan it is anything but as he visits the city the next day trying to mediate the release of the president and prime minister - deposed in the country's second coup in nine months.
Residents of the Gauraka community of Niger State built a bonfire on the Kaduna-Abuja highway near Abuja, Nigeria - Monday 24 May 2021
Frustrations boil over in Nigeria on Monday as people protest outside the capital, Abuja, about the incessant kidnapping afflicting the country…
A man pulls a suitcase and walks with his son as people protest along the Kaduna-Abuja highway in Gauruka, near Abuja, Nigeria - Monday 24 May 2021
Abductions are rife along the Kaduna-Abuja road, where the bonfire was lit - and this father and son walk past traffic held up because of the demonstration.
A male model donning a colourful helmet and suitcase takes part in a fashion show in Johannesburg, South Africa - Tuesday 25 May 2021
A model dons a colourful travel outfit in Johannesburg on Tuesday as part of a fashion event in South Africa to mark Africa Day.
A demonstration in support of decriminalising sex work in Johannesburg, South Africa - Thursday 27 May 2021
And two days later in Johannesburg, a masked demonstration is held to support the decriminalising of sex work in South Africa.

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