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Africa's week in pictures: 16-22 March 2018

A selection of the best photos from across Africa and of Africans elsewhere in the world this week.

A young Congolese boy stood on a tree stump at a camp for Internally Displaced Persons in Kalemie, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Behind him are two large palm trees and several makeshift camps. Image copyright AFP
Image caption Young Congolese are seen inside a camp for Internally Displaced Persons in Kalemie, Democratic Republic of the Congo. An ongoing ethnic conflict has forced 67,000 people from their homes in the area.
A model walking down a catwalk during African Fashion International Fashion Week in Cape Town, South Africa as people in the crowd take pictures. The model is wearing clothes by UNICEF ambassador and South African designer Gavin Rajah. Image copyright EPA
Image caption Models present creations by Unicef ambassador South African designer Gavin Rajah during African Fashion International Fashion Week in Cape Town, South Africa.
A man adjusting the mast on a dhow boat in south eastern Kenya. Image copyright EPA
Image caption A man adjusts a mast aboard a dhow boat carrying tourists as it sails during the sunset off the coast of Lamu Island, a popular beach resort in Kenya.
A sheep wearing a medal after winning a prize in a contest in Misrata, Libya. Image copyright Reuters
Image caption A sheep wears a medal it won during a three-day auction in Misrata, Libya.
Dozens of kidnapped girls from Dapchi, northern Nigeria lined up waiting to board a plane at an air force base Maiduguri, Nigeria. Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Some of the newly released Dapchi schoolgirls board a plane at the air force base in Maiduguri, Nigeria. Government officials say 105 girls and one boy have been released, however five girls reportedly died.
Several men climbing onto the back of a packed lorry with their belongings after being released from a prison in in Bujumbura, Burundi. Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Former prisoners board a truck after being released from the Mpimba Central Prison as part of a mass presidential pardon, in Bujumbura, Burundi.
44 African heads of state lined up in three rows against a background which reads "African continental free trade area, creating one African market. #AfCFTA2018 17-21 March 2018, Kigali, Rwanda." Image copyright AFP
Image caption African leaders pose during the African Union (AU) Summit to establish the African Continental Free Trade Area in Kigali, Rwanda on Wednesday to create one of the world's largest free trade blocs. Ten countries, including Africa's biggest economy, Nigeria, did not sign up over fears it would cost jobs.
Football supporters at the Mhiri stadium in Tunisia waving flares and flags during a friendly match against France. They are celebrating the 90th anniversary of the football club. Image copyright AFP
Image caption Sfax supporters wave flares during a friendly match against former French international players to mark the 90th anniversary of the Tunisian club, at the Mhiri Stadium in Sfax.
A portrait shot of Zimbabwe's first Miss Albino Sithembiso Mutukura wearing a crown and holding a bouquet after winning the the inaugural Miss Albinism beauty contest, early on March 17, 2018, in Harare. Image copyright AFP
Image caption Zimbabwe's first Miss Albino Sithembiso Mutukura receives a bouquet of flowers after receiving her crown in Harare. The 22-year-old beat 12 other contestants in Zimbabwe's inaugural Miss Albinism pageant aimed at reducing stigma associated with the condition.
A young Congolese fisherman tends to his nets along the banks of Lake Tanganyika in Kalemie, Democratic Republic of the Congo. His trousers are rolled up and he is wearing a polo shirt with a quilted jacket over it. Image copyright AFP
Image caption A young Congolese fisherman tends to his nets along the banks of Lake Tanganyika in Kalemie, Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Two boats carrying men float on a lake in Madagascar as several vans and people look on. The chaos was cause by tropical storm Eliakim near Manambonitra, Atsinanana region, Madagascar. Image copyright Reuters
Image caption The aftermath of Tropical Storm Eliakim near Manambonitra in Madagascar, on Sunday.
A woman fills a bucket with tap water in Abidjan, Ivory Coast as a small boy watches on. Image copyright EPA
Image caption A woman fills a bucket with tap water in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, on Wednesday, the day before World Water Day. The theme for World Water Day 2018 is "Nature for Water", exploring nature-based solutions to the water challenges we face in the 21st Century.
A man and a priest in Southern Sudan stood inside a hut at the refugee camp of Obo The man has his back turned facing the priest as he conducts mass. Image copyright AFP
Image caption A South Sudanese priest conducts mass in the Central African Republic refugee camp of Obo on Friday. Since 2016, more than 2,000 people have crossed the border to escape the civil war in South Sudan.

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