Global Press Journal reporters carry their cameras as they work and live. The moments they capture highlight human connection across the globe.
Beatrice Akite, a teacher at St. Kizito Senior Secondary School in Kampala, Uganda’s capital city, helps students who are being trained in computer skills. The training is part of a nationwide effort in Uganda to improve computer literacy.
Children dance alongside a member of Barefeet Theatre, a group that teaches children theater arts, dance and other skills, during a cultural and tourism festival in the Kabwata suburb of Lusaka. The event, known as Pamodzi Carnival, showcases Zambia’s cultural heritage through music and dance. The carnival occurred in late September.
Mussa, 24, a traveling merchant, sells fruit in Stone Town, a historic section of Zanzibar town on the island of Zanzibar, which is part of Tanzania. Mussa travels around town and sells fruit door-to-door.
Two girls sit in a Catholic church in Democratic Republic of Congo’s Beni territory. They attended a mass dedicated to the victims of an August 13 massacre that reportedly killed more than 50 people. Government officials blamed the massacre on the ADF-NALU, a Ugandan armed group.
Nonhlanhla Mathe displays her art at a women-only exhibition called “Art on the Stoep” in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. The exhibit, which was held in mid-September, featured nine local artists. Many of Mathe’s pieces showcase batik-style designs. Her work has been exhibited both in Zimbabwe and abroad.
Austin Changwe, a worker from a veterinary clinic in Lusaka, Zambia’s capital city, dips a dog in a pesticide solution during a vaccination and pest-control exercise in Woodlands, a Lusaka suburb. The local veterinary clinic has been educating residents on the importance of vaccination and pest control ahead of the World Rabies Day on Sept. 28.
Carefully stacked produce awaits buyers in Kamanyola, a village near Goma, the capital of Democratic Republic of Congo’s North Kivu province. Fruits and vegetables are cheap here, so the market attracts customers even from neighboring Rwanda. Here, a pot of tomatoes sells for 500 Congolese francs (about 50 cents).
Mugunga Refugee Settlement, Goma, DRC
Blandine, 8, lugs a water jug near a tap in Mugunga, a refugee settlement near Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Clean water is hard to find in the area, and water shortages are common, especially during the dry season.
Mary Tamala operates a sewing business on the streets of Mugunga, a town 18 kilometers (11 miles) outside of Goma, to make ends meet. Tamala, a widow with four children, makes about 500 Congolese francs (51 cents) a day.
Provincial representatives carry flags and placards during a prayer day in Lusaka on July 24. Zambian President Edgar Lungu called for prayers for peaceful elections following a spate of violent incidents during campaigning for the Aug. 11 elections.
Young people take to the streets in Lusaka, Zambia on July 4 to take a public stand against child sex abuse and gender-based violence. The event was organized by the Zambia Medical Association. Data varies, but human rights advocates, medical researchers and others have found that child sex abuse rates are high in Zambia. The country recently launched a Health and Wellbeing Survey, which is now being used to develop priorities to better protect children from abuse.
Fishermen repair their nets on the island of Gihaya in western Rwanda. The island was once a residence of Juvénal Habyarimana, who was Rwanda’s president from the 1970s until the early 1990s. Now, children play football and fishermen work on their nets on the grassland. At nightfall, the fishermen cast their nets into Lake Kivu for small fish known locally as sambaza.
Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda
Sady, 9 (in red), and his brother Chaka, 11 (in white), set out on a 2 kilometer (about 1.2 miles) trip to their school on an island in Lake Bunyonyi in Uganda. The boat is their only transport and they pilot it themselves to get to school each day.
Residents of the Matero constituency in Lusaka, Zambia’s capital city, gathered in the streets on Monday to demand police action after a series of mysterious deaths. Some protesters later threw rocks and looted shops. Six people have been found dead since mid-March in suspected ritual killings, says Rae Hamoonga, the deputy spokesperson for Zambia’s police service. In two cases, hearts were removed from the bodies, and all six bodies were missing ears and genitals, Hamoonga says.
Stone Town, Tanzania
Fadhili, an artist who has a stand near a former slave market in Stone Town, Tanzania, paints scenes that highlight the country’s history of slavery. He depicts female slaves in this painting. Most of his work is sold to tourists.
Beauty Sililo sells boiled and roasted maize in Kanyama, a neighborhood in Zambia’s capital, Lusaka. The Ministry of Health has been discouraging sale of food in the streets after a cholera outbreak in the area. But Sililo, a single mother of four, says she cannot close her business because it is her sole source of income.
Goma, North Kivu, DRC
In Democratic Republic of Congo, many women want to be treated as equals when it comes to government jobs and decision-making power. Women from the “Rien sans les femme” movement, which means, “Nothing without women” in English, gathered last week on International Women’s Day. They held a sign with a cutout to show their faces. During a meeting with the mayor of Goma, the capital of DRC’s North Kivu province, on March 8, the women presented a plan in which they detailed their request for parity in the government.
Zambian artist B Flow (right) and his dancer entertain a crowd in Lusaka, Zambia, during a Feb. 13 event related to International Condom Day. The event was one of many for the day, which promoted HIV and AIDS awareness.
Goma, North Kivu, DRC
Yvonne Mwale, a singer from Zambia, was one of many famous performers at the third annual Amani Festival in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo this weekend. The festival promotes peace in Africa’s Great Lakes region.
A child stands at a memorial for Kenya Defense Forces soldiers killed in January during an attack by al-Shabaab militants in Somalia. The vigil, which was held at Uhuru Park in Nairobi, ended on January 24.
Kazidja Ali, 40, is an algae farmer in Zanzibar, a semi-autonomous area of Tanzania. She grows the algae along the beach, then dries it for three months. Once dry, Ali sells the algae to street vendors, some of whom use it to make soap.
A crowd gathered in Kampala on Monday to hear Forum for Democratic Change presidential candidate Kizza Besigye speak before the Feb. 18 general election. Besigye was later briefly detained for a dispute regarding the route taken by Besigye and his supporters. On hearing the news, his supporters clashed with police. At least one person was reported killed in the clash and several people were wounded.
Kennedy Tembo, 30, carries plastic bags for sell in Lusaka City. Some African countries have banned the use of plastic bags, which environmental experts say are hazardous to the environment. But in Zambia plastics are common bags for carrying goods.
Idjwi, Lake Kivu, DRC
Brigitte Asifiwe, 10, carries her little sister Shukuru on her back on Idjwi an island located in Lake Kivu. Brigitte brings her baby sister to visit their mother at the Bugarula port where she sells fruit so that the baby can breastfeed.