Global Press Journal reporters carry their cameras as they work and live. The moments they capture highlight human connection across the globe.
Killa Kavrepalanchowk, Nepal
A major earthquake in April 2015 destroyed many schools in Nepal. At the Shree Gramanati School in the village of Killa in Kavrepalanchowk (commonly known as Kavre) district, the building hasn’t been rebuilt. Some classrooms, like this one, are without proper walls. Killa and the area around it does not have road access, so some students walk up to three hours to attend school.
Khushboodil Muslim, 32 (left), sells flutes in Taumadhi Tole, a square with historic and religious buildings in Nepal’s Bhaktapur municipality. Muslim, an Indian who has lived and worked in Nepal for eight years, says he earns about 1,000 to 1,200 Nepali rupees ($9.39-11.26) per day selling flutes that range in price from 20 to 350 rupees (19 cents - $3.29).
Bay of Bengal, Sri Lanka
Nearly half a million people were displaced in Sri Lanka in this week as flooding and landslides due to a storm that became Tropical Cyclone Roanu, which ripped through Asia’s Bay of Bengal. Rescue efforts were uncoordinated and included many private boats, operated by people who sought to help the many families in need of rescue or supplies. Despite the floodwaters, some families remained in the upper levels of their home to guard against looters.
Humberto Xoquic (second from the right), prepares meat in the churrasco style in an open pit barbecue. The cooked meat is served on a stick or carved, then offered alongside beans, tortillas and tomato salsa. Xoquic, his wife Martina Pérez (far left) and their family live off this business, serving food to passersby in Panajachel, a municipality in southwestern Guatemala, from 10 a.m to 9 p.m. each day. Each family member has a particular role, including a daughter (second from the left) and son (far right). “Teamwork favors the family,” Pérez says.
Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, United States
A member of the Oglala Lakota Nation, an indigenous group in the U.S., tells Bernie Sanders about his experience with a lack of effective health services on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, located within the U.S. Sanders, a U.S. senator from Vermont and a candidate for the Democratic party’s nomination for U.S. President, hosted a community meeting there on May 12 in advance of a June 7 primary election in South Dakota, the state that now encompasses much of Lakota people’s traditional homelands. The meeting began with presentations by tribal leaders and representatives before Sanders took to the podium to discuss issues including poverty, job creation and health.
Aldea Chaquijyá, Sololá, Guatemala
Cristobalina Saloj (left) and Antonia Guarcax (center) participate in an egg-beating competition for Mother’s Day, which was celebrated in Guatemala on May 10. The competition was hosted by Escuela Oficial Rural Mixta, Caserío Cooperativa, a school in the Aldea Chaquijyá in Sololá, a municipality in southwestern Guatemala. The event included raffles, games and other activities.
Tamil Nadu, India
R. Shobhana, a nurse, checks the blood pressure of Letchumi Neelagiri, 65, who has sickle cell anemia. Neelagiri is from the Irula tribe, which inhabits the southern and eastern slopes of the Nilgiris, a mountainous region in Tamil Nadu state in southeastern India, among other areas. Most Irula women and children suffer from anemia and other health challenges, including scurvy and night blindness, due to food habits and local cultural practices, health experts say. Neelagiri’s blood pressure check is part of a mobile outreach program organized by the Nilgiris Adivasi Welfare Association (NAWA). The program brings medical teams to the Irula every 15 days to check on anemic patients as well as those with other health problems.
Neel Maharjan, 44, left, with her 65-year-old brother-in-law, Tare Mam Maharjan, salvages bricks from her home in Khokana, about 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) from Nepal’s capital Kathmandu. The home was destroyed in the April 2015 earthquake. Neel Maharjan says she waited more than 10 months after the earthquake to salvage building materials because she believed the house would eventually completely collapse, making it easier to gather bricks and wood. She hopes to receive a government grant to rebuild her home. Until then, she’ll continue to live in a temporary shelter.
Mexico City, Mexico
Protesters took to the streets in Mexico City, the capital of Mexico, on April 24 to publicly oppose sexual and gender violence, including femicide. The female homicide rate in Mexico is high, according to a 2015 report by the Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development, with an average of 3.2 female homicide deaths per 100,000 women. This sign reads, “If they touch one, thousands of us organize!” Similar protests took place in more than 40 cities nationwide, according to social media campaigns run by the organizations involved.
Mexico City, Mexico
Beatriz Nájera Pérez (left) and Ángeles González were among more than 2,000 couples married in March in a mass public wedding ceremony organized by the Mexico City government. The ceremony, which occurred in the capital city’s Zócalo, the main and historic square, included 99 same-sex couples. Couples must register in advance, but taking part in the mass wedding means the standard fees, which total about 1,081 Mexican pesos (about $60) are waived.
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.
Children and young people pull a large, multi-tiered chariot that carries a statue of the Hindu god Bhairav in Nepal’s Bhaktapur municipality. The event is part of Bisket Jatra, an annual, nine-day street parade that is held to celebrate the Nepali New Year, which falls each year in mid-April. This year, New Year’s Day was April 13.
Pida, Dhading District, Nepal
Manijt Bahadur Chepang, 80, is a basket weaver in Pida, a rural area in Nepal’s Dhading District. He has been making baskets, which are often used to carry water jars, grass or firewood, since he was 15 years old. People tie the baskets to their heads or shoulders with rope or cloth to carry their loads. Chepang pays 350 Nepalese rupees ($3.29) for a bamboo tree from a local forest, which he strips into thin pieces for weaving. He makes about five baskets from one bamboo tree and sells each basket for 250 rupees ($2.35). The only basket weaver in his area of the community, Chepang has a thriving business, selling about 200 baskets a month from his home or at the market.
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.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
A crowd gathered in Buenos Aires on Feb. 18 to demand answers regarding the January 2015 death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman. Protesters held signs stating, “We are all Nisman.” Nisman was found dead in his home the night before he was due in Congress to present evidence regarding then-President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s alleged involvement in a criminal conspiracy related to the 1994 bombing of a Jewish organization. Eighty-five people died and hundreds were injured in that incident.
Mutina Kapali washes clothes at a Dhunge Dhara, a stone water spout traditionally built near temples in ancient cities in Nepal. This tap is in Bhaktapur, a city in the Kathmandu Valley.
Huixtán, Chiapas, Mexico
The carnival of Huixtán is celebrated each Sunday in February in the Huixtán municipality in Chiapas, Mexico’s southernmost state. The carnival combines Catholic and indigenous beliefs to kick off Lent and appeal for rain and plentiful harvests. Here, a group acts out scenes found in the Bonampak murals, an ancient Mayan archaeological site in the state. The murals document the civilization’s religious rituals, war practices and politics.
Dinesh Karki, 22, and his sister Kamala Karki, 27, sell flowers, incense sticks and other items in Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square in Kathmandu, which is part of a UNESCO World Heritage monument zone. The square was damaged in a major earthquake in April 2015, so it’s now held up by wooden beams. The siblings have sold goods in the square since 2011, but now they worry it will collapse on them while they work. The square is among an estimated 2,900 locations with cultural or religious value that were damaged in the quake.
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.
Chiapa de Corzo, Chiapas, Mexico
The Fiesta Grande de Chiapa de Corzo, an annual festival that takes place in January in Chiapa de Corzo, a municipality in Chiapas, Mexico’s southernmost state, honors three saints with traditional dances, food, music and art. Cross-dressing is also common during the festival. A group of friends, seen here, takes a break during the festivities.
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.