Zambian artist B Flow (right) and his dancer entertain a crowd in Lusaka, Zambia, during a Feb. 13 event related to International Condom Day. The event was one of many for the day, which promoted HIV and AIDS awareness.
Yvonne Mwale, a singer from Zambia, was one of many famous performers at the third annual Amani Festival in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo this weekend. The festival promotes peace in Africa’s Great Lakes region.
A child stands at a memorial for Kenya Defense Forces soldiers killed in January during an attack by al-Shabaab militants in Somalia. The vigil, which was held at Uhuru Park in Nairobi, ended on January 24.
Kazidja Ali, 40, is an algae farmer in Zanzibar, a semi-autonomous area of Tanzania. She grows the algae along the beach, then dries it for three months. Once dry, Ali sells the algae to street vendors, some of whom use it to make soap.
A crowd gathered in Kampala on Monday to hear Forum for Democratic Change presidential candidate Kizza Besigye speak before the Feb. 18 general election. Besigye was later briefly detained for a dispute regarding the route taken by Besigye and his supporters. On hearing the news, his supporters clashed with police. At least one person was reported killed in the clash and several people were wounded.
Kennedy Tembo, 30, carries plastic bags for sell in Lusaka City. Some African countries have banned the use of plastic bags, which environmental experts say are hazardous to the environment. But in Zambia plastics are common bags for carrying goods.
Brigitte Asifiwe, 10, carries her little sister Shukuru on her back on Idjwi an island located in Lake Kivu. Brigitte brings her baby sister to visit their mother at the Bugarula port where she sells fruit so that the baby can breastfeed.
In Zimbabwe, mental illness is considered a curse. Those suffering from mental illnesses are shunned, abandoned and forgotten by family. In one "insane asylum," mental health patients rely on each other and the medical staff for emotional support. Still, the hospital struggles to provide residents with adequate food, toiletries and clothing. Despite all these challenges, patients here say their faith in God gives them hope.