Diana Laura García, center, performs the part of the skeleton “La Catrina,” an icon of Mexican culture, during a show at the National Center for the Arts in Mexico City. The performance was supposed to coincide with Day of the Dead last November, but the premiere was delayed for months due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Umaru Kakeeto,15, fixes an air compressor machine at a small roadside mechanic shop in Lubugumu, a village in Ndejje, Wakiso district, Uganda. Umaru will train in the shop for three months before enrolling in a vocational school in August.
Sebastián Pérez Girón, 6, smiles as he cares for a sheep his family owns in Chuliá, located in the Tenejapa municipality in the highlands of Chiapas, Mexico. Pérez, a member of the Tzeltal community, is doing remote learning because of the coronavirus pandemic. “I’d like to go back to school,” Pérez says. “But I think I’ll miss playing with the sheep.”
Ariunzaya Enkhbayar heats thread while making soutache earrings during her lunch break in Erdenebulgan soum, Arkhangai province, Mongolia. Ariunzaya, who works full time for a government organization, says, “Working on soutache craft like this and sewing daalin [snuff bags] serve as meditation for me.”
Margarita González rolls cannabis during a workshop about the risks and benefits of different filters and paper at Huerto Roma Verde, an outdoor community center in Mexico City, on International Cannabis Day. González says, “Since I’m a pastry chef, I want to find the perfect balance to achieve the desired effect and a high-quality flavor.”
Sathiyananthan Amirthambigai, right, pours ghee and grains into a fire during a yajna, a Hindu ritual, as priests look on at the Sekarasasekara Pillaiyar Temple in Inu, Jaffna, Sri Lanka. The yajna is performed in the name of Ganapati Omam for the welfare of the village and to protect its people from the effects of the coronavirus.
Sunita Adhikari holds her 7-month-old daughter, Swastika Adhikari, while Shanta Rai, a health care worker, administers medicine at Shankha Park in Kathmandu, Nepal. The government provides free vitamin A tablets and other medicine to children between the ages of 6 months and 5 years to improve health and decrease child mortality.
Sabrina Palazzo and her mother, Alcira Pereyra, study a feminist mural in an exhibit at the Recoleta Cultural Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina. “I came to get vaccinated, and we took advantage of [the outing] to walk around,” Pereyra says.
Gantulga Ankhaa, who is temporarily repairing bikes to earn an income, adjusts a bicycle rim in Erdenet city, Orkhon province, Mongolia. Since automobile traffic is suspended to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, more people are riding bicycles to work. “Instead of sitting idly at home doing nothing just because the work is suspended,” Gantulga says, “it is important for a young person to keenly observe and be aware of what could be done given the circumstances of any given time, to be able to identify opportunities and to use them properly.”
After the isolation of quarantine, returnees encounter nervous relatives, hostile neighbors and landlords who refuse to rent to them. A crippled economy and ravaged health care system heighten their plight.