Joshua Kasereka (foreground), 22, joins others of the Nande community in Democratic Republic of Congo in hunting for grasshoppers, which they later will sell or cook and eat with fufu, a staple food made from cassava flour. According to local tradition, grasshoppers come from the goddess Nyabahasa, who frees them periodically – generally in November and December – to create joy in families.
Agiri Gurupira (right), 12, leads donkeys bringing his siblings from a mill to their home in Mutoko, a town 145 kilometers (90 miles) east of Harare, Zimbabwe. They’re carrying home a bag of mealie-meal. Their parents sometimes send them to the mill to grind maize into mealie-meal, used to make sadza, a staple food in Zimbabwe.
Caleb Mulenga, 7, receives a cholera vaccine at the Mutandabantu grounds of Kanyama township, in Lusaka district, Zambia. Cholera has broken out in the country, and Chitalu Chilufya, the minister of health, says that over 3,000 cases have been recorded, and 50 percent of the patients are in Kanyama. Unlawful waste dumping and a lack of clean water are believed to be major contributors to the outbreak.
Ananias Kobuyambi (center) and members of his family cut a cake to celebrate his 90th birthday on Dec. 26 at his home in Rutooma village, Kabuyanda, a subcounty of Uganda’s Isingiro district. In Uganda, the average life expectancy is 62.
Charity Rose Pimer (left), 10, shows the other children how to make a robot at a workshop in Uganda’s Kampala district. Fundi Bots, a nongovernmental organization focused on making science education fun for children ages 6 to 18, organized the event.
Children from Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic church performed a Nativity play in Bulawayo Centenary Park in Zimbabwe. The event, organized by the Bulawayo City Council, also featured fireworks and the switching on of Christmas lights simultaneously throughout the city.
Underprivileged children gather to see Santa Claus and receive gifts during an event dubbed “Santa Comes to Makokoba,” at the Thabiso Youth Centre in Makokoba, the oldest high-density suburb in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. To spread the Christmas spirit, local sponsors donated gifts for 40 of the suburb’s children, most of whom have never seen Santa.
During 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, an international campaign to combat violence against women and girls, Memory Pamella Kadau (center, wearing a hat) and others sign a banner as a pledge to seek equality and peace and fight gender-based violence against women and girls. The Women’s Coalition of Zimbabwe organized this event and a march in Harare, Zimbabwe, on Dec. 9 as part of the campaign.
Shirah Amarati, 14, carries home a load of papyrus that she cut at a nearby swamp in Uganda’s Gulu district. Shirah will sun-dry the papyrus for about one week, then use it to make mats that she will sell at the Gulu town market.
From left: Musa Kintu, Simon Kirya, Esau Mukisa and Edgar Mirimu, ages 5 to 7, slide down a hill on a broken vehicle part near the Kalerwe Market in Kalerwe, a suburb of Kampala, Uganda. Their parents sell goods at the market.
Students from the Manyambe Primary School in Manicaland province dance during the annual Jikinya Festival, a choral and traditional dance competition held at the Amphitheatre in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, on Nov. 23-24. The festival, open to all primary schools in the country, encourages youths to appreciate and perform Zimbabwe’s traditional dances and to help preserve this part of their cultural heritage.
Artists in a group known as Monk 256 took part in the first AFRI-CANS Street Art & Graffiti Festival in Kampala, Uganda, on Nov. 25. Members of Monk 256 organized the festival, which brought street artists from Kenya, the United States and Germany together to showcase their work.
Marshal Mukwakwa, 24, makes hoes from shovels and scrap metal at his home workshop in Mabvuku, a suburb in Harare, Zimbabwe. Mukwakwa says he sells at least one hoe per day to urban farmers during the rainy season.
Takudzwa Marara, 27, waves a Zimbabwean flag in a protest in which people urged embattled, long-time President Robert Mugabe to resign. Mugabe was placed under house arrest by Zimbabwe’s military after the Nov. 14 takeover and was fired by his own ZANU-PF political party on Nov. 19, but hasn’t resigned. Marara says he will demonstrate in Africa Unity Square in Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital, until Mugabe leaves office, either by choice or impeachment.
Sixth-grade student Kambale Mukole (center), 11, was sworn in as president of the Lubemba School during an Oct. 30 ceremony attended by local authorities, parents and teachers in Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo. One of Kambale’s policy ideas would be to have only French, as opposed to the local languages, Lingala and Swahili, spoken during school hours.
Members of the Apostolical Holy Church sing and praise God on top of Domboramwari, a large boulder whose name means “the stone of God” in the Shona language, in Epworth, a settlement about 20 kilometers (12 miles) southeast of Harare, Zimbabwe. People come to rest and pray here, and it is believed that the boulder has footprints of God from when the stone was still lava.
In Hopley Farm, Harare Province, Zimbabwe, Maxwell Dzawanda, 37, builds a wardrobe out of wood planks. He’ll sell it for $180. Since 2006, Dzawanda has earned a living by making wood wardrobes, stools and kitchen units.
The Rwanda traditional dance club of a girls’ school, Lycee Notre Dame D’Afrique de Nyundo, performs at the Umuganda Stadium in the Gisenyi sector of Rwanda’s Rubavu District. The students were performing for their teachers during the 16th International Teachers Day.
Amina Daudi, 25, (left) teaches other Muslim women to read about the life of the Prophet Muhammad in the Quran during their weekly religious meeting in Epworth, a settlement about 20 kilometers (12 miles) southeast of Harare, Zimbabwe. It is a tradition in their mosque for women to meet every Monday and teach one another about Islam.
Conwell Moyo builds a wall in Barham Green, a suburb within Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Moyo says many of the decades-old houses in this area are undergoing renovations, and he hopes to get as many contracts as possible.
In Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, Linnet Cheure (center), 19, rehearses the role of Desdemona in the Nketa High School drama club’s production of “The Gospel of Othello,” a version of Shakespeare’s “Othello” directed by Japhet “Hwabaraty” Mlauzi (right), a local artist, choreographer and movie producer. Mlauzi coaches students from various schools in theater, dance and acting.