Global Press Journal reporters carry their cameras as they work and live. The moments they capture highlight human connection across the globe.
Tserenjav Uuganbat patrols the area around the Tolit secondary school to make sure citizens comply with lockdown measures during the strict quarantine in Songinokhairkhan, a district in the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar. Since there aren’t enough police officers to enforce the lockdown, 27,000 civil servants were brought in to help.
Cheddikulam, Sri Lanka
Ravichanthiran Nalayini makes household items with palm leaves at her home in Cheddikulam, a town in Sri Lanka’s Vavuniya district. Her palm leaf products include boxes, string-hopper trays, winnows, mats and sacrificial trays.
Geaorge Kitimbili cuts the fruit from an oil palm tree on his land about 8 kilometers (5 miles) from Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo. Kitimbili extracts the oil from the fruit to sell.
San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico
From left, Porfirio Santis Gómez, 6, Claudia Santis Santis, 12, Angel Santis Gómez, 12, and Maria Santis Santis, 9, inspect one of the succulent plants they have been caring for at their homes in Tlaxcala, a neighborhood in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Mexico. The children learned to grow succulents so they can sell the plants for 15 Mexican pesos (73 cents) each.
In Gairidhara, a neighborhood in Kathmandu, Nepal, Binay Kumar Bista and Barsana Bista, 1, write on the Saraswati temple’s walls with white chalk during Saraswati Puja, a festival that marks the arrival of spring. Barsana is celebrating the festival for the first time, and Bista prays to Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge, for the infant to gain wisdom.
Fabián Moriano cuts through the waves on his kiteboard outside the clubhouse of the Grupo de Aficionados al Surf a Vela, a local windsurfing and kitesurfing enthusiast group in Ensenada, a municipality in Argentina’s Buenos Aires province. “I’ve been kitesurfing for 10 years. During the months when I couldn’t go into the water because of the quarantine, I felt a lot of anxiety,” Moriano says. “Any sport with this [much] adrenaline resets your mind.”
Orkhon Province, Mongolia
Oyunbaatar Narantsogt arranges the altar at Holy Lama Gandan Shadduvlin Monastery, the Buddhist center in Orkhon province, Mongolia, for Tsagaan Sar. The traditional Mongolian holiday celebrates the arrival of spring after a harsh winter and marks the beginning of the lunar calendar.
Sani Pariyar, 17, chops chicken at a shop in Jorpati, a neighborhood in Kathmandu, Nepal. Customers flock to the shop because they only sell local chicken, which they display out front. He says people consume the chicken mostly during festivals and on Saturdays.
Guaniquilla Puerto Rico
Muralist Elvis Arroyo paints the Puerto Rican flag on a gazebo roof in his community of Guaniquilla, Puerto Rico. Community beautification organization Los Guardianes de la Costa de Guaniquilla commissioned the rooftop mural, which will be visible to the airplanes that fly over the coast.
Boyemba Bakumi and his daughter Jeanne Gradi Bakumi, 13, paint a mural to raise awareness of malaria in Kabondo, a neighborhood in Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo. Their mural encourages families to sleep under insecticide-treated bed nets and advertises the next public net distribution.
From left, Laurean Dumba, 11, Leticia Segawa, 12, and Jackie Atuhaire, 12, braid the hair of Lucy Nakawala, 11, under a neighborhood mango tree in Entebbe, Uganda. Since schools are closed due to the coronavirus, the children’s parents have begun to teach them skills to help them in the future – and keep them busy now.
Elisabeth Kusa prepares to carry palm leaves from her field to sell to traditional hut builders in Kabondo, a neighborhood in Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo.
Vavuniya, Sri Lanka
Subban Thyagaraja paints cement pottery at his home workshop in Vavuniya, a city in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province. Industries like Thyagaraja’s are seeing a gradual increase in business since they were shut down due to the coronavirus.
Goma, North Kivu, DRC
Ombeni Hamuli, 16, works during a carpentry apprenticeship program in Kyeshero, Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo. Hamuli lost three fingers serving in an armed rebel group in North Kivu, and he’s learning carpentry to begin his journey back to civilian life.
Luckson Lamour, left, holds a thurible while Andy Roc adds incense at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti. They have performed this task after Mass for the past seven years.
Jaffna, Sri Lanka
Cleopas Sivakumari and her son, Cleopas Mayuran, 13, collect sea snails to include in their curry dinner in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. In the evenings, local women often collect sea snails to eat and sell.
Tamiraa Narantsatsral paints a recycled wine bottle at the Natsagdorj Library in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Tamiraa is part of a Facebook group, “Redesigned Fashion. Lifestyle,” that saves and redesigns recycled materials, like glass bottles and clothing, to promote environmentalism.
Aldama, Chiapas, Mexico
Mariano Hernández Jiménez gathers the red fruit from his coffee plants in Aldama, a town in southern Mexico’s Chiapas state. This is the first time he has tried to harvest his coffee plants since armed attacks between the municipalities of Aldama and Chenalhó intensified in 2018.
Mayanko Phiri, 11, left, and Linas Banda, 11, enjoy porridge at Chitemalesa Primary School in Chinyunyu, a rural area in east Lusaka, Zambia. The school’s attendance has improved after well-wishers donated meals for students.
Bayandalai, Umnugovi Province, Mongolia
Gansukh Sharavsambuu carries fodder to a storage facility in southern Mongolia’s Umnugovi province. The animal feed will be provided to herders who are suffering from a dzud, a Mongolian term for a severe winter in which it is common for a large number of livestock to die.
Makindye Ssabagabo Uganda
Lawino Brenda, 12, helps her mother make papyrus mats in Kigo, a neighborhood in Uganda’s Makindye Ssabagabo municipality. She makes about 10 mats a day and sells them for 5,000 Ugandan shillings ($1.37) each.
Lucky Banda plucks eucalyptus leaves in Kabangwe, a residential area in northern Lusaka, Zambia. He will boil the leaves and breathe in the steam, a common home remedy. In the wake of the second wave of the coronavirus, most people believe steaming can prevent and cure the disease.
Chandra Kesari Bajracharya makes cotton wicks for butter lamps near the Jana Bahal temple in Kathmandu, Nepal. Tourists and locals who visit the city’s temples purchase the butter lamps for prayer.
Añasco Puerto Rico
Ismael “Cano” Pérez carves oak wood with a chisel and lathe at his workshop on the coast of Añasco, Puerto Rico. Pérez has been making wooden mortars, a skill he learned from his father, for local restaurants and individuals for 40 years. He says he feels the passing of the years; his hands no longer work like they did before. He plans to leave the space to his grandson who also does woodwork.