Global Press Journal reporters carry their cameras as they work and live. The moments they capture highlight human connection across the globe.
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.
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.
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.
Anthony Mpolokoso lays a wreath to pay his last respects to Father Charles Chilinda at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Lusaka, Zambia’s capital. Chilinda died of COVID-19 on Jan. 22. The national government is discouraging funeral gatherings, so St. Ignatius created a space within the church premises for mourners to pay their respects without gathering.
San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico
Alberto López Santiz sells balloons and pinwheels in Plaza de la Paz in downtown San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Mexico.
The plaza outside the Cathedral of Chihuahua in Chihuahua, Mexico, usually bustles with older adults who pass time on the benches and families who come to shop at the mobile vendors. The plaza has been closed since November due to the spread of the coronavirus.
Mexico City, Mexico
Luis Espinoza fixes his bicycle at Enchúlame la Bici (Beautify My Bike) a collective workshop in Mexico City, Mexico. The workshop was closed for almost six months to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. When it reopened, the workshop offered a class on basic bicycle maintenance and mechanics.
Bayandalai, Umnugovi, Mongolia
During a traditional ceremony, Buyandalai Ulambayar gallops on his horse while offering horse milk to the air with a tsatsal, a ceremonial wooden milk spoon, in Bayandalai soum, Umnugovi province, Mongolia. During the ceremony, he chants, “Tsegeend tsad,” which means, “May we have plenty of food!”
A stray dog rests in front of a row of shops near the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal. All religious sites have been closed since the end of March due to the coronavirus, including the main gate to the Pashupatinath Temple, a sacred site for Hindus. The shops that line the area are normally crowded with tourists, but owners have seen little business during the pandemic.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Pigeons wait for tourists to feed them at Parque de las Palomas, a park and tourist attraction in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. Ever since the coronavirus arrived in Puerto Rico and the government declared a curfew on March 15, tourism and business have suffered. Now, with a new executive order, most businesses are beginning to open with required precautions, though some remain closed for safety reasons.
Dalanzadgad, Umnugovi Province, Mongolia
Saikhansanaa Batbayar draws on old clothes with Dashnyam Erdenebadrakh, top left, and Bulgantsetseg Batsukh, bottom left, in Dalanzadgad, the capital of Mongolia’s Umnugovi province. Students organized an event called “Let’s make our clothes art!” to have a fun and productive day with friends. They took measures to prevent infection by reminding children at the event to wear face masks and distributing spare masks.
San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico
Employees of Jurisdicción Sanitaria, the government institution in charge of public health centers in the borough, disinfect public areas in downtown San Cristóbal de las Casas, a city in Mexico’s Chiapas state.
From left, Pamela Rodríguez Vela, José Ramón Fernández and Octavio Escobar Blancas paint a home in Puebla, Mexico. Neighbors, community groups and nonprofits around the city organized a neighborhood cleanup of the historic city center. Participants were entered in a raffle, and the winner had their home painted for free.
Nigel Sana, 16, digs a well in Harare, Zimbabwe. This neighborhood does not have access to city water, so residents rely on makeshift wells like this one. Sana is a student, but with many schools closed indefinitely due to the coronavirus, he is digging this well to earn extra income.
The artists known as Line Marker, left, and Notek adhere an image to a wall in downtown Oaxaca, Mexico. Line Marker chose Benito Juárez for the image to provoke humor and represent strength in these difficult times. “In Mexican history, Juárez symbolizes the determined struggle against invasion,” Line Marker says. “It’s the same now: the invasion of a virus that evolved and is generating fear in its wake.”
Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Carlos Verdín, a volunteer, rests after preparing approximately 400 meals at Vrindavan Deli, a restaurant in Guadalajara, Mexico. During the pandemic, volunteers from different religions joined together to distribute meals to migrants, people without homes and others in need. Doctors and nurses at the Red Cross and Civil Hospital of Guadalajara have also received meals.
Odgerel Bayasgalan, 20, tapes the walls of the sports hall at General Education School No. 11 to paint a mural about the love and protection of nature in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Mongolia closed its borders to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, but local tourism increases over the summer.
Woodly Caymitte, 27, works on a sculpture of George Floyd in Carrefour Feuilles, Haiti. “In Haiti, many have expressed their indignation at this tragedy, but as the first revolutionary and independent black people who put an end to slavery, it is important to immortalize this character who is changing the world,” Caymitte says.
Darkhan, Darkhan-Uhl, Mongolia
Gerelmaa Chuluun, 75, exits an underground pedestrian tunnel on her way home from Darkhan Market in Mongolia’s Darkhan-Uul province. Traffic near the market caused a number of accidents involving pedestrians, so the city built an underground tunnel to provide a safe way for pedestrians to cross the street.
José Ernesto Ávalos Pardo, commander of the 35th military zone, serves Lucía Alcocer, left, at a soup kitchen in Chilpancingo, a city in Mexico’s Guerrero state. The state government set up the soup kitchen to feed those in need during the coronavirus crisis.
Erdenebulgan, Arkhangai Province, Mongolia
Volunteer Gantugs Namnansuren hands a care package to Jargaltsetseg Nandintsetseg, 12, and Khurelchuluun Batsukh in Erdenebulgan, an area in northern Mongolia’s Arkhangai province. People in Need, an international nonprofit, donated packages to 350 low-income households as part of a campaign to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
People attend the launch of campaigns for the regular parliamentary election of the Mongolian State Great Khural (Parliament) in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The election will be held on June 24, 2020, so the government of Mongolia adopted regulations for campaign activities. They include moving many activities online, cleaning and disinfecting areas where gatherings will be held, keeping a distance of at least 1.5 meters (about 5 feet) between attendees, avoiding physical touch, and wearing face masks.
Puebla, Puebla, Mexico
Daniel Pérez packs bags of food provisions in Puebla, Mexico. The Fresh Food Basket includes 2 kilograms (4.4 pounds) of Manila mangoes, cucumbers, seedless limes, onion and a pineapple for 100 Mexican pesos ($4.47). The collective Enfermos Renales y Trasplantados Puebla organized their network of volunteers to sell fruits and vegetables from producers in Veracruz at markdowns, so low-budget households can access them.
Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Demonstrators march against police abuse in downtown Guadalajara, the capital of Jalisco, Mexico. The protest concluded in front of the government palace. The Jalisco government mobilized the police force to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, but many came to protest the police’s excessive force, especially following the death of Giovanni López, who died in police custody after being arrested for not wearing a face mask.