/ 30 December 2021

The year in pictures

Evacuation At Hamid Karzai International Airport
A U.S. Air Force aircrew, assigned to the 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, assists qualified evacuees aboard a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III aircraft in support of the Afghanistan evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Afghanistan, Aug. 21, 2021. The Department of Defense is committed to supporting the U.S. State Department in the departure of U.S. and allied civilian personnel from Afghanistan and to evacuate Afghan allies to safety. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Taylor Crul)
A Tibetan girl reads in her house under a poster showing Chinese leader including Chariman Mao Zedong during a government organised visit for journalists on 3 June 2021 to a farming village in Baji village near Linzhi, Tibet Autonomous Region, China. Travel restrictions for foreign travellers were recently loosened in a bid to boost tourism to Tibet. Chinas government is aiming for 61 million visitors annually by 2025, more than 15 times the number of Tibets inhabitants. Foreign journalists, normally not permitted to travel to the autonomous region, were recently taken on a government-organised visit. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
People react as captive Ethiopian soldiers walk towards Mekele Rehabilitation Center in Mekele, the capital of Tigray region, Ethiopia, on July 2, 2021. – According to Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) fighters, more than 7,000 captive Ethiopian soldiers have walked from Abdi Eshir, about 75 km southwest of Mekele, for four days. (Photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba / AFP)
The Funeral of Joyce Jokanisi in Lusikisiki, covid precautions dictate that undertakers wear suits irrespective of the status of the deceased.
ISTANBUL, TURKEY – APRIL 29: Murat Targut and wife Yasmin walk down a near empty Istiklal street to take wedding photos after the start of a three week nation wide coronavirus lockdown on April 29, 2021 in Istanbul, Turkey. The Turkish government announced a new full three week lockdown between April 30 and May 17 in an attempt to slow the rising number of coronavirus infections across the country. Turkey has seen a rise in infections over the past month prompting the full lockdown. Since the start of the pandemic Turkey has recorded 4,751,026 cases of the virus and more than 39,000 deaths according to statistics from John Hopkins University (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
A ranger from the Virunga National Park climbs the slopes of the Nyiragongo volcano, north of Goma, the provincial capital of North Kivu, on June 11, 2021. – Three weeks after Nyiragongo’s May 22 eruption, which caused the death of about 30 people and the evacuation of nearly half a million residents of Goma, volcanologists from the Goma Volcanological Observatory climb to the top of the crater to assess volcanic activity. (Photo by ALEXIS HUGUET / AFP)
Supporters of US President Donald Trump, including member of the QAnon conspiracy group Jake Angeli, aka Yellowstone Wolf (C), enter the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC. – Demonstrators breeched security and entered the Capitol as Congress debated the a 2020 presidential election Electoral Vote Certification. (Photo by Saul LOEB / AFP)
GAZA CITY, PALESTINIAN TERRITORY — MAY 25, 2021: Dozens of Palestinian children and family members attend a candlelight vigil to condemn the killing of children and civilians, which is held over the rubble of homes destroyed by Israeli military strike during the 11-day escalation between Israel and Gaza military factions, which has now ended after an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire, bringing a momentary peace and calm to grieve and recover what was lost in Gaza City, Tuesday, May 25, 2021. In the same rubble, members of two members of the Al-Madhoun family were killed ( Abdul Rahim Mohammed Madhoun (63) and his wife: Haijar Abu Sharkh al-Madhoun (60), al- al-Tanani family Ñ wife, husband and four children, were killed in an Israeli airstrike hit their houses in the dawn of the first day of Eid, on 13 May 2021, in addition to 7 family members of Al-Malfouh family were rescued from under the rubble of the same strike. 248 Palestinians were killed during this escalation, including 66 children. Egypt pledged to provide $ 500 million in aid to Gaza to contribute to the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip. (MARCUS YAM / LOS ANGELES TIMES)
A family member comforts a patient breathing with the help of oxygen being provided by a Gurdwara, a place of worship for Sikhs, under a tent installed along the roadside amid Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic in Ghaziabad on May 4, 2021. (Photo by Tauseef MUSTAFA / AFP) (Photo by TAUSEEF MUSTAFA/AFP via Getty Images)
Houses that have been affected in Warrenton by raw sewage, sewage has ovweflowed into communitys and many houses are affected by poor maintainence in the area. (Delwyn Verasamy/M&G)
A man prays next to a burning pyre of a victim who died of the Covid-19 coronavirus at a cremation ground in New Delhi on April 26, 2021. (Photo by Jewel SAMAD / AFP)
An elderly resident reacts as a wildfire approaches her house in the village of Gouves, on the island of Evia, Greece, on Sunday, Aug. 8, 2021. Thousands of residents were evacuated from the Greek island of Evia by boat after wildfires hit Greece’s second biggest island. Photographer: Konstantinos Tsakalidis/Bloomberg
Children stand under a tree on the site of a future camp for Eritrean refugees, in a rural area near the village of Dabat, 70 kilometres northeast from the city of Gondar, Ethiopia, on July 13, 2021. (Photo by EDUARDO SOTERAS / AFP) (Photo by EDUARDO SOTERAS/AFP via Getty Images)