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
Ochgerel Batbayar bottle-feeds a newborn goat at her home in Orkhon, a soum in Mongolia’s Bulgan province. “Sometimes I talk to them as if I am with my friends,” she says with a smile. “It seems to me that they understand my conversations.”
San Luis de Majimachi Chihuahua Mexico
María Catalina Nevaréz Cruz weaves a ware, a traditional Rarámuri basket made from the sotol plant, at her home in San Luis de Majimachi, a village in Chihuahua, Mexico. Only 35 people live in the village, all of whom are artisans. Every two weeks, they barter their handicrafts for food at the village’s trade center.
Dalanzadgad, Umnugovi Province, Mongolia
Uuriintuya Tumenbayar knits using a traditional Mongolian method called zoos shiree suljmel, or coin table knitting, in Dalanzadgad, a city in Mongolia’s Umnugovi province. Uuriintuya, who was named the best craftswoman in Umnugovi province in 2019, promotes and teaches this method on her website, Ancestral Craft.
Mannar, Sri Lanka
Seltan Maristala, 10, sells vegetables to her brother Seltan Mariyaruban, 12, at MN/Adampan R.C.T.M.S., a school in Sri Lanka’s Mannar district. The school hosts a market once a year to strengthen the students’ math, prediction, and discussion skills. They encourage parents and the community to participate.
Vanesa Cristina González Beltrán cuts paper eyes for piñatas at Piñatas y Dulces Arcoiris, a piñata and candy store in the city of Chihuahua, Chihuahua state, Mexico. González, 19, began piñateria – making piñatas – when she was 16 years old.
Freddy Chikwaya and his nieces Rudo Chikwaya, 12, and Mary Chikwaya, 9, warm themselves by a fire as they sell beaded necklaces near Lake Mutirikwi in Masvingo, Zimbabwe. Tourists have been visiting the area less since the coronavirus lockdown began, but Freddy Chikwaya expects things to get better now that the country has started vaccinations.
Armando Ceveriano uses bioconstruction techniques to build a home kitchen in Mexico’s Nayarit state. Ceveriano incorporated bioconstruction into his process seven years ago, after he learned how the construction industry was environmentally invasive and harmful to people’s health.
Nurse Baigalmaa Sukhbaatar tests Gantumur Naranmandmar for the coronavirus using a polymerase chain reaction test at School No. 133 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The government recommended that all essential workers get tested, and on this day, workers at this site tested as many as 1,000 citizens.
Inuvil, Sri Lanka
Sundaram Baladevan plows the soil at a tobacco planation in Inuvil, a village in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. Egrets, a type of heron, wait to eat the earthworms and insects he uncovers.
Erdenet, Orkhon Province, Mongolia
From left, Munkh-Erdene Dalantai, Molor-Erdene Munkh-Erdene, Enkhzaya Bayanjargal and Enkhtsatsral Munkh-Erdene play shagai, a traditional Mongolian anklebone game, in Erdenet, a city in Mongolia’s Orkhon province. The object of the game is to make an alag melkhii, or multicolored turtle. The family plays shagai every night to temporarily distance the children from television and mobile phone screens.
Innocent Murawa paints the ceiling of a home in Harare, Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe’s recent lockdown restricted many people’s ability to work. But individual contractors like Murawa have managed to find work painting and plastering homes.
Mexico City, Mexico
Rosa María Guerrero and her 7-month-old cat Rosita wait their turn at a free sterilization clinic at Felipe Ángeles Park in Mexico City. The local government started the sterilization campaign to cut down on the number of stray dogs and cats. “Rosita and her siblings were abandoned in the street,” Guerrero says, “and my son rescued them.”
Inuvil, Sri Lanka
Ursup Mohmad Savul Hameadh sells toys outside temples in Inuvil, Jaffna district, Sri Lanka. “There is no place in Sri Lanka where I have not set foot on,” he says. “I go wherever temple festivals take place.”
Richard Notho Chapwanya hangs necklaces on a makeshift display at the arts and craft center in Masvingo, Zimbabwe. His business, which relies mostly on tourists, plummeted after the coronavirus lockdown began. He says he used to make $30 per day, but now he sometimes goes home with just $3 – or nothing at all.
Umnugovi Province, Mongolia
An abandoned camel, whose foot froze after it was left for 20 days without food on the side of a road, gets a foot massage from Suvdaa Tumurbaatar, left, and Zorigtbaatar Bolormaa in Umnugovi province, Mongolia. When Suvdaa heard about the injured camel, she brought it home and bandaged its foot with medicinal herbs and a melted butter called “shar tos.”
Edgardo Pacheco, left, and Jesús Vásquez weave a palapa, a common roof structure on the coast of Oaxaca, Mexico. Typical palapas are crafted with wood and palm leaves, usually from a variety called royal palms.
Adampan, Sri Lanka
Samathu Mohamathu Muharsin spreads fertilizer and pesticides on his paddy crop in Adampan, Mannar district, Sri Lanka.
Sornapuri, Sri Lanka
Farmers Anthonipillai Asaippillai, left, and Sebamalai Dilsan clean an irrigation canal in Sornapuri, a village in Sri Lanka’s Mannar district. The volunteers remove grasses and shrubs when they begin to block the canal, which transports water from Kattukarai, the area’s largest reservoir.
Jaffna, Sri Lanka
Kanthiah Pusparaja makes a flower garland to sell for personal and religious occasions in the city of Jaffna, Sri Lanka. Pusparaja has been selling garlands since he was 7 years old.
Rutila Osorio Rodríguez carefully assembles bouquets of sunflowers that she grew in Santa María Colotepec, a town in Oaxaca, Mexico. “People from the community are buying them from us,” Osorio says. “Even people who are in the United States are sending us orders to be delivered to their relatives who are here.”
Emmanuel Palavecino arranges donated books in a mobile library cart at Plaza Almagro, a park in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The mobile library travels to the city’s markets to make literature more accessible to residents.
Mexico City, Mexico
Gerardo Alejo makes two doves appear during his magic act at a traffic light in Mexico City, Mexico. Alejo, who has been a magician for 10 years, started to perform here to raise extra money for his university education. After COVID-19 began, this work became his dominant source of income.
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.