Global Press Journal reporters carry their cameras as they work and live. The moments they capture highlight human connection across the globe.
Nakato Mugabi, 3, practices boxing at Ella Martial Arts Academy in Ndejje, Wakiso district, Uganda. Coach Kigozi Abbey, who also coaches boxers at a national level, founded the academy in 2015.
Wilson Simfukwe makes toy cars from used spray-paint cans alongside Thabo Mbeki Road in Lusaka, Zambia’s capital. “I have sold more toys during the coronavirus pandemic than ever before, because children are usually home and they need to be kept busy,” Simfukwe says. “And these toys are durable, hence a lot of people love them compared to plastic toys.”
Twinbless Kutsiwa, 10, plays a game called nhodo in Harare, Zimbabwe. She places small pebbles in a hole, throws a bigger pebble in the air, then tries to pull the pebbles out of the hole in time to catch the bigger pebble.
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.”
From left, friends Felix Mutaurwa, 14, Tatenda Mukandatsama, 15, Tapiwa Chitenderu, 15, and Tanaka Danza, 14, play a miniature game of pool. Danza made the pool table at his home in Mutare, Zimbabwe, and charges a fee for anyone who would like to play.
Conrad Bwalya, in red, of the Lusaka Sharks Club tussles with David Phiri of the Alpha Hockey Club during a field hockey match at the Olympic Youth Development Centre in Lusaka, Zambia’s capital city. All sports activities have resumed in Zambia after a long recess due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Nanha, 3, left, and Marianne Lukulunga, 5, play outside their home in Makiso, a commune in Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo. Schools in Kisangani are still closed due to the coronavirus.
Dalanzadgad, Umnugovi Province, Mongolia
Sodmandakh Sodovjamts, 16, front, and Enkhtamir Batbayar, 15, swim at a new pool in Dalanzadgad, the capital of Mongolia’s Umnugovi province. At the grand opening of this first swimming pool in Umnugovi province, athletes from Ulaanbaatar city demonstrated many styles of swimming.
Charmaine Mazambara, left, 7, and Nicole Urayai, 5, play a game with sand and water outside their home in Harare, Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe is under an indefinite lockdown due to the coronavirus. With schools closed, children spend most of their time playing with friends.
Humphrey Mumba trains at Lusaka Golf Club in Lusaka, Zambia’s capital. On April 24, President Edgar Chagwa Lungu said in his address to the nation that golf and tennis could be played despite the coronavirus since they are not contact sports.
Dalanzadgad, Umnugovi Province, Mongolia
Budsuren Uyanga, left, 15, and Bilguun-Orshikh Dagvasambuu, 14, demonstrate taekwondo in Dalanzadgad, a soum in Mongolia’s Umnugovi province. The Federation of Olympic Taekwondo was established in Umnugovi in July this year. Adolescent athletes from Ulaanbaatar’s Nuudelchin Taekwondo Club came to Umnugovi and organized a two-day taekwondo demonstration for the launch of the Federation.
Karaikal, Jaffna, Sri Lanka
From left, Navaneethan Yavinsan, 11, Anandarasa Anandavisahan, 11, Sinharasa Siyanth, 17, and Chandran Kisanth, 12, fly a homemade kite in Karaikal, a village in Jaffna district, Sri Lanka. They say that since evening classes were canceled due to the coronavirus, they spend their leisure time flying kites.
From left, Sublime Gbwema, 4; Mastro Ngongo, 6; Ephrahim Gbwema, 11; and Jacque Fumu, 11, entertain themselves near their homes in Meteo, a neighborhood in Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo. Public institutions, including schools, have been closed since March to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, leaving children with plenty of time to play.
Junior Kervens Cajou, 13, swings between two trees outside his home in Carrefour, a commune in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. "I don’t have any electronic toys,” he says. “I can’t watch television because of the lack of electricity. We created our swing to have fun.”
Erdenebulgan, Arkhangai Province, Mongolia
Luvsanjamts Tserenbataa, 8, plays with his friends, from left, Javzandolgor Bayarsaikhan, 8, and Undarmaa Tumur-Ochir, 11, at a playground near their homes in Erdenebulgan, a district in northern Mongolia’s Arkhangai province. Mongolian schools have been closed since late January due to the coronavirus.
Mugula Desire, 2, and Kigozi Malcom, 4, splash in water coming out of a damaged pipe in Kampala, Uganda. Uganda has been under a nationwide curfew since the end of March, and transportation has been banned due to the spread of the coronavirus. Because of these restrictions, no one has been able to fix the pipe.
Mubale Benjamin, left, debates his next move while playing the board game Luddo with friends in Kampala, Uganda. Also pictured, from left, are Ariho Thomas, Mukwaya Jovan, Kasirye Michael and Sesanga Fasial. The Ugandan government has closed all schools in the country until at least May 5th due to the spread of the coronavirus, leaving students without a place to spend their days.
Tikapur Sudoorpashchim, Nepal
Yojana Chaudhary, 5, and her sister Unnati Chaudhary, 1, play on the sand in a dried-up stream in Tikapur, a municipality in Nepal’s western Sudoorpashchim province.
Young schoolgirls put together a puzzle of various types of vehicles in Kampala, Uganda. They live together in the same neighborhood, Ntinda, and often play games like this together. The girls say that the next puzzle they intend to put together will feature wild animals.
Patrick Chikoloma, a member of the Circus Zambia group, breathes fire for a group of excited children at the Lusaka Showgrounds in Lusaka, Zambia.
Anywhere Shoko, 13 (left), and Aleck Majamanda, 6, fly kites in the morning before they leave for school in Harare, Zimbabwe. They make the kites themselves, using plastic and grass straws to give them a firm shape.
McDonald Garaidenga trains with a boxing club at the Stodart Club Room in Harare, Zimbabwe. Classes here are provided free of charge, one of the reasons why Garaidenga says he has trained here for over a year.
Solomon Mubiru shows off his skateboarding skills at the 2019 Afri-Cans street art festival in Kampala, Uganda.
Naranthanai, Sri Lanka
Rasakumar Yathusa, 7, curls up inside an old tire while she plays with friends in Naranthanai, a village on Sri Lanka’s northern Jaffna peninsula.