Africa Week in Pictures: June 23-29, 2023

A selection of the best photos from across Africa and beyond this week:

A vendor prepares seafood for sale at the Darajani fish market in Stone Town of Zanzibar, Tanzania - Friday, June 23, 2023

A fishmonger from the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar grimaces as he prepares the catch for sale at the Friday fish market in Stone Town…

A diver swims around the Far North underwater ecosystem of Zanzibar, Tanzania - Friday, June 23, 2023

But there are fears that fishing and other activities off the coast of the island could damage the underwater ecosystem, which was inspected by a diver the same day.

A member of the Ensemble Moallem Houssem Ghina performs on stage during the 24th edition of the Gnaoua World Music Festival in Essaouira, Morocco - Friday, June 23, 2023

A performer from the Ensemble Moallem Houssem Ghina jumps for the pleasure of the Friday crowd at the Gnaoua World Music Festival in Morocco.

Muslim women dance in the street a day before Eid al-Adha, in Adjame, Abidjan, Ivory Coast - Tuesday, June 27, 2023

In the suburb of Adjam√©, Ivory Coast’s main city, Abidjan, Eid al-Adha festivities begin on Tuesday, the day before the Muslim holiday.

Muslims celebrate after the Eid al-Adha prayer at the Al Seddik Mosque in the Heliopolis district of Cairo, Egypt - Wednesday, June 28, 2023

On Wednesday, Egyptians enjoying the festivities were able to take a photo with a gorilla who showed up at a mosque in the capital, Cairo.

Men skin a slaughtered sheep on the first day of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha in Wad Hamid, Sudan - Wednesday, June 28, 2023

In Wad Hamid, about 100 km (60 miles) north of the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, a man skins a sheep for an Eid holiday, where people celebrated the holiday despite the conflict…

A boy from Darfur attends Eid al-Adha prayers in al-Qadarif, Sudan - Wednesday, June 28, 2023

But the fighting, which began in April, has forced millions from their homes – including this boy seen during Eid prayers in eastern Sudan on Wednesday.

A worshiper spends time alone after the end of the main prayer service at the Nizamiye Mosque during Eid al-Adha celebrations in Johannesburg, South Africa - Thursday, June 29, 2023

A worshiper has a moment of contemplation at a mosque in the South African city of Johannesburg on Thursday, the second day of Eid celebrations.

A voter gets his fingernail inked after casting his vote for the national elections at a polling station in Freetown, Sierra Leone - Saturday June 24, 2023

A Sierra Leonean who just voted in Saturday’s general election gets his fingernail tattooed to show he participated…

Supporters of Sierra Leone's President and leader of the Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP), Julius Maada Bio, celebrate in the streets after his re-election in Freetown - Tuesday, June 27, 2023

Three days later, supporters of incumbent President Julius Maada Bio celebrate in Freetown after he was declared the winner of the presidential race – a result the opposition disputes.

Kenya's Kennedy Munyao (R) vies with Syria's Odai Deirawan at the Brandenburg Gate during day nine of the Special Olympics Berlin 2023 World Games in Berlin Germany - Sunday, June 25, 2023

Kenyan Kennedy Munyao cruises through the streets of the German capital, Berlin, during a 10km cycling race on Sunday at the Special Olympics World Games – a competition for people with intellectual disabilities.

The 63rd anniversary of Madagascar's independence celebrated with a military ceremony in the capital, Antananarivo - Monday, June 26, 2023

Malagasy soldiers march in formation Monday in Antananarivo as part of protests marking the 63rd anniversary of the country’s independence.

Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga of Azimio La Umoja arrives at a public rally on the government's finance bill, at Kamukunji land in Nairobi, Kenya - Tuesday, June 27, 2023

And Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga is proving he can still draw crowds on Tuesday, calling for civil disobedience against new tax hikes that have been enacted.

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