A child peers from the window of a shack in the flooded settlement of Masiphumelele, Cape Town, South Africa. More than 3,500 residents living in informal settlements in the city have been displaced due to heavy rains, flooding and gale force winds. Many of the settlements are in low and wetland areas that have little drainage and flood easily. The City of Cape Town’s disaster management team has been providing relief in the form of food, blankets and shelter for those affected
Supporters of Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe at the Heroes Day commemorations in Harare, on Monday, at which he told critics of his disputed re-election to “go hang”, dismissing his rivals as “western-sponsored stooges”. The liberation war anniversary rally was boycotted by his principal challenger, Morgan Tsvangirai, of the Movement for Democratic Change, which filed a court challenge on Friday against the landslide win of Mugabe and his Zanu-PF party in the July 31 vote, alleging widespread rigging and intimidation.
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A firefighter attempts to extinguish a fire at the site of an aircraft crash in Mogadishu, Somalia. An Ethiopian military aircraft carrying ammunition crash-landed at Mogadishu’s international airport on Friday, bursting into flames and killing at least one crew member.
A Somali boy walks with a toy gun along the Lido beach near Mogadishu on Thursday
The members of Ivory Coast‘s special forces march at the presidential palace in Abidjan on Wednesday during celebrations marking the 53nd anniversary of the country’s independence from France. Read more
A General Service (GSU) office gestures outside the burning Jomo Kenyatta international airport on Wednesday. A massive fire shut down Nairobi’s international airport today with flights diverted to regional cities as firefighters battled to put out the blaze in east Africa’s biggest transport hub.
Zimbabweans arrive at a polling booth in a school in Harare. Crisis-weary Zimbabweans were voting on Wednesday in a fiercely contested election dominated by veteran president Robert Mugabe’s bid to extend his 33-year rule and suspicions of vote rigging.
Supporters of the Movement for Democratic Change presidential candidate Morgan Tsvangirai attend the final campaign rally on Monday at “Freedom Square” in Harare ahead of the general elections on Wednesday. Zimbabweans will vote for a new president and parliament four years after Zimbabwe’s president, Robert Mugabe, who has ruled for 33 years, and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, were forced to share power. Read more
Supporters of Zimbabwe’s prime minister climb a tree during an election rally in Harare on Monday. Zimbabweans go to the polls on July 31 to choose between veteran President Robert Mugabe and long-time rival, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai. Mr Mugabe on Sunday made his final call for peaceful voting as he vowed that the upcoming crunch election will be free and fair.
A girl walks past campaign posters on the windows of a mud brick house in Gao, Mali, on Thursday. Mali’s presidential election is going ahead on Sunday despite logistical and technical lapses, including a voter roll that does not contain the names of tens of thousands of registered voters. Read more