Global Press Journal reporters carry their cameras as they work and live. The moments they capture highlight human connection across the globe.
Mexico City, Mexico
Merol, 33, performs a free show for people who pass by Kiosko Morisco, a gazebo in Mexico City, Mexico. The participants get a balloon after tossing a cloth ring in the air for Merol to catch. Merol, who prefers his stage name, seeks to spark the interest of people walking past. “We want to tell children to have fun — to grow up well and happy,” Merol says.
Divine Adowa, 20, repairs shoes in Makiso, a commune in Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo. Adowa attributes her passion for shoemaking to her late father.
Loíza, Puerto Rico
Painter, sculptor and screen print artist Samuel Lind Hernández, 66, works in his art studio in Loíza, Puerto Rico. He stands behind his sculpture of Osain, a deity of wild plants, medicine and healing, according to the Yoruba religion. Lind Hernández’s sculpture represents the culture and tradition of the loiceños, as residents of Loíza are known.
Givean Thomu, who lost both his hands when he was five, paints a landscape for a client at his home in Harare, Zimbabwe. Thomu spent most of his childhood in children’s homes and now earns his living through his art, even though the current economic environment makes finding clients difficult. “People no longer value paintings but are more concerned about bringing food to their tables,” he says.
Nakibuuka Doreen (left to right) stands with her daughter Atuhaire Racheal, 11, and Racheal’s friend Nantongo Brenda, 7, in front of a partially built restaurant in the Bwaise neighborhood of Uganda’s capital, Kampala. Nakibuuka has been running her restaurant business here for the last four months.
Old Delhi, India
Gulzar Zahid (front) sells flowers and flower garlands with his employee Karam Veer at Genda Phool Market, located near the Fatehpuri Mosque in Old Delhi, India. Zahid and his family sell about 4-5 kilos (9-11 pounds) of flowers each day, often to Muslim devotees who use them as offerings to saints buried in nearby shrines.
San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico
Benito Ruiz Alvarez, a traditional doctor, or “i´lol” in the Tsotstil language, performs a healing for Josefa López Santis in San Cristóbal de las Casas, a city in Mexico’s Chiapas state. Ruiz Alvarez uses prayers, plants, candles, stones, incense and a traditional drink called posh as part of the ceremony. The facility is owned by the Organización de Médicos Indígenas del Estado de Chiapas, an organization of doctors and midwives with Tsotsil ancestry who preserve medicinal traditions, including midwifery, botany and bone setting.
Kashi Shah cleans and cuts a rohu fish from the Koshi River for customers at his shop in Dhumbarai, a neighborhood in Kathmandu, Nepal. Shah says his customers prefer this local fish, in addition to carp and jalkapur. He purchases them from a nearby vegetable market.
Yemurai Kunaka, 6, plays with her doll that she named Vimbiso, meaning promise in the Shona language, in the high density neighborhood of Hopley Farm, Harare, Zimbabwe. The area lacks many requisite facilities such as schools, clinics and well-organized housing infrastructure. Like other children in the neighborhood, Yemurai goes to a local makeshift school and often plays on the roads or in her yard after school lets out.
Gloire, 8, holds a goat’s leash with Sifa, 10, (left) and Oscar, 4, (right) while they take the animals out to graze in Nyamiindo, a neighborhood of Kayna, Democratic Republic of Congo. Their legal guardian, Isabelle Kahambu Ngotsi (not pictured) taught them how to take the goats to graze. Kahambu Ngotsi, with help from Solidaritat Castelldefels Kasando, a group for children without parents, currently cares for 17 orphaned children.
Jaffna, Sri Lanka
Johnson Arun, 15, plays football with other neighborhood children near the beach in Gurunagar, a village in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. The children, who live in a residential area nearby, play football here every evening after school has ended for the day.
San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico
Members of the folk dance group, Mixcoacalli, perform at the annual Feria de la Primavera y de la Paz, or Spring and Peace Fair, at the Plaza 31 de Marzo, a park in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico. Dancers in the group range from 13 to 18 years old.
Mellisa Nkomo, 4, and her brother Themba Nkomo, 8, go on a boat ride at Luna Park, a section of the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) in the city of Bulawayo’s Central Business District. There are various rides and activities for children during the fair, which exhibits the goods and services of domestic and international companies.
Guman Singh makes bamboo frames with jute ropes on the reconstruction site of Kasthamandap Temple in Kathmandu Durbar Square, Nepal. Kasthamandap Temple was made of wood and was completely destroyed by the April 2015 earthquake. Reconstruction work began in May 2018.
Mugisha Royane, 11, bounces a ball off his chest during a football practice warm-up routine in Kampala, Uganda. Royane, Kyeyune Elijah, 12 (grey shirt) and several other boys don’t yet have a team name, but they meet every Sunday to practice football. Each of them comes from different schools, but they say they have become good friends.
Zinacantán, Chiapas, Mexico
María Santiago González Pérez, 63, a midwife and healer, sits with her altar of the Virgin of Guadalupe, San Sebastián Mártir, in Zinacantán, a town in Mexico’s Chiapas state. It is popularly believed that González Pérez, who has been a dedicated midwife for 12 years, gained knowledge of the trade through dreams. She is also an artisan weaver and sells her handicrafts at home and in the esplanade of a church called the Iglesia de San Lorenzo.
Lubale Bamafamu Idinda, a traditional healer, lights a pipe in his shrine in Jinja, Uganda, to begin a ceremony meant to evoke spirits and ancestors. As part of the ceremony, he also shakes regalia such as calabash and chants to start communication with them. Bamafamu’s shrine, like many others in the country, is located next to a place of historical importance – in this case, where European explorers first found the source of the Nile River.
Surkhet District, Nepal
Ram Magar, 3 (left to right), Arkit Sharma, 4, Rohan Puri, 5, and Krishna Thapa, 3, swim in the Bheri River in Nepal’s Surkhet District. Nearly 264 kilometers (164 miles) long, the river is one of the largest in Nepal. Local people can commonly be found swimming, bathing and washing clothes here.
Thuli Tamang, 80, washes dishes and tends to her small vegetable garden outside her home on the bank of the Bagmati River in Thapathali, Nepal. Tamang and her daughter moved to the area after her husband died. The community is made up of people squatting on government land, most of whom don’t have their own lands and have come from other parts of Nepal to find daily wage work.
Mexico City, Mexico
Uriel Montiel, 12, helps his parents operate rental mechanical rides called “flying chairs” from Holy Thursday through Easter Sunday at a religious fair at the Plaza de San Matías in Iztacalco, an administrative subdivision of Mexico City. People participating in the Catholic tradition of visiting seven churches during this time come to the plaza for food, pastries, games and rides. “I like to come because they let me get on the other games for free, but I don’t like the lack of sleep,” Uriel says.
Mexico City, Mexico
Fernando Sánchez, 25 (left), and Jorge Herrera, 35, participate in a lightsaber battle demonstration at the first edition of a Star Wars convention called STAR WARS Fan Fest Primera Edición in Mexico City, Mexico. The two are members of the Star Wars fan groups “Amigos de la Fuerza” and “Legión Rebelde México.” Members of both groups often spend time with hospital patients while dressed up as Star Wars characters.
Jean Matulu, 10, goes fishing in a canoe on the right bank of the Tshopo River in Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo. Jean practices fishing every day after school, hoping to catch even bigger fish to sell.
Emmanuel Choto, 8, a student at King George VI, a school for children who are disabled or show signs of autism, rides a horse at Gumtree Farm in Willsgrove, about 15 kilometers (9 miles) from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. “We have two sessions every week for the KGVI children,” says Aileen Johnstone (not pictured), a coordinator at Healing With Horses. “The horse therapy makes it fun for the children and also relaxes their body muscles.”
Jason Pedzeni (from left), leads a traditional Ndau dance called Mchongoyo, with his siblings Kesia Pedzeni and Elisha Pedzeni, during a practice session in the village of Chikore in Chipinge, Zimbabwe. In Ndau culture, it is the responsibility of the elders to lead the youth by example in traditional practices and customs.