Boys and young men on bicycles hang onto a truck for a free ride in Cyangugu, a city in western Rwanda near the Democratic Republic of Congo border. They’re among the many people who travel from surrounding villages to bring goods to sell at Cyangugu’s markets. It’s common for the bicyclists to grab on to trucks when they get tired, but the practice often leads to accidents.
Sifu, left, and Moza, right, sell cassava flour at a market in Uvira, a village on the shore of Lake Tanganyika in Democratic Republic of Congo’s South Kivu province. The women sell a cup of flour for 300 Congolese francs (about 3 cents). They also sell corn and wheat.
People wait in Goma, the capital of Democratic Republic of Congo’s North Kivu province, to be tested for AIDS on Dec. 1 for World Aids Day. Testing was offered for free in honor of the day. The prevalence rate of HIV in DRC is around 1 percent, according to UNAIDS, the United Nations’ organization that aims to end the spread of the virus.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.