Africa's week in pictures: 28 May – 3 June 2021

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

Children and young people smile, laugh and look around as they take part in a fashion show.

Homeless boys and girls take part in a community fashion parade in Lagos, Nigeria, on Monday…

Children and young people smile, laugh and look around as they take part in a fashion show.

It is among the free arts classes run by Abolore Sobayo (pictured in white top) and his foundation of the same name.

Performers dressed in leotards and high heels flex their legs and pose on stage.

Drag artists Belle Army and Stella Rose take to the stage in Pretoria, South Africa, on Friday.

A puppeteer holds his dolls.

The next day in Egypt’s capital city, Cairo, Mohamed Fawzy Bakkar poses in his studio…

A jumble of handmade puppets of different complexions and facial features, at various stages of completion.

Each puppet takes him about two weeks to complete and he models them on real Egyptians from across the country.

A man carrying a basket on his back picks tea leaves.

Tea pickers gather the crop in Nyeri, central Kenya, on Monday. Exports have risen 4% since last year according to government figures, despite the challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic.

Men pose on top of motorbikes as they celebrate.

Supporters of Mali’s military take to the main square in the capital, Bamako, on Friday to celebrate the army’s second coup in nine months, which ousted the interim civilian leaders.

A man standing in an elevated position flies the Ethiopian national flag.

On Sunday, pro-government protesters rallied in the Ethiopian capital against sanctions imposed by the US. Mass atrocities have been reported in the northern Tigray region, where thousands of people have been killed and at least two million others forced from their homes.

A woman sitting close to the beach clutches a rose.

On the same day in Durban, South Africa, volunteers hand out roses to passers-by to raise money for the Circle of Care Association in aid of Palestinians.

Antique figures on display behind glass.

Antique figures from Libya that were seized by French customs officers are seen in this shot from Paris’ Louvre Museum on Friday.

People look at a large gilded sarcophagus.

And masked visitors take in the sights at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Cairo the next day.

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