Global Press Journal reporters carry their cameras as they work and live. The moments they capture highlight human connection across the globe.
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
American Indians gather in a gym at the American Indian Center in Minneapolis, Minn. for a powwow honoring people who were adopted or fostered in non-native homes. Many of those adopted and fostered people, including those who are now adults, attended the powwow, which was held in early November. A large number of American Indian children were adopted out of their communities until 1978, when the federal Indian Child Welfare Act created guidelines for placing those children and gave American Indian tribes the chance to handle those cases within their own court systems.
Mexico City, Mexico
Alejandra Gamallo Silva, 36 (left), and Juan Carlos López Rojas, 33 (right), wear white masks on Nov. 17 to symbolize the deaths of unidentified homeless people who died in Mexico City, Mexico’s capital. The couple took part in a campaign organized by El Caracol, which advocates for homeless people. About 400 people have died on the city’s streets each year since 2010, according to the organization.
John Mwanza manually fills potholes in Mbare, one of the oldest suburbs in Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital city. Many roads in the city are in poor condition. Mwanza and others get donations from motorists to fill the potholes.
Goma, North Kivu, DRC
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.
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.
Babu Lal Buddha, a Buddhist monk, stands in front of a temple in Basantapur Durbar Square in Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital city, atop bricks that toppled during a major earthquake in April 2015. The square contains Hindu temples and historic landmarks, but nothing of Buddhist significance. The monk, who came to Nepal on a pilgrimage from India, stands in a posture of meditation and visitors to the square often photograph him and place money in his bowl, which funds his pilgrimage.
San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico
The 12th annual Caravan of Central American Mothers stopped in San Cristóbal de las Casas, a city in southern Mexico, on Nov. 16. There, they were joined by about 200 people in the plaza of the Catedral de San Cristóbal Mártir church. The caravan’s annual trek began in 1999 when a group of mothers from Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua set out to search for their disappeared migrant children. The caravan travels for a month throughout Mexico, pausing to search for their loved ones in migrant shelters, jails and other waypoints, as well as to meet with local officials and others who can help them. This caravan began on Nov. 15 and will be traveling through 11 Mexican states by Dec. 3.
Young people gather around a wooden swing for a chance to climb on during Dashain festival, one of the most important Hindu holidays celebrated in Nepal. The swing, known locally as a ping, is a popular form of entertainment during the festival. This one was erected in a park in Pokhara, a city west of Kathmandu, the capital city.
Mexico City, Mexico
Gabriel Peralta, 8, celebrates having won a game against other children in his neighborhood by being the first to catch a pig that has been covered in animal grease and oil. Gabriel’s prize is the pig itself, which he takes home. The game occurred in Barrio de la Asunción, a neighborhood in Mexico City, as a celebration of one of the neighborhood’s patron saints, Virgen del Rosario, known in English as Our Lady of the Rosary. This celebration takes place every Oct. 7. Similar events are common throughout the city’s neighborhoods.
Basuling, Baitadi District, Nepal
Keshab Tailor, 23, is the village tailor in Basuling, in Nepal’s rural Baitadi district. The men in his family have been tailors dating back generations. Cash is scarce in this rural region, so people pay Tailor in food, including wheat, maize and lentils.
Mexico City, Mexico
Artisans from Oaxaca, a state in southern Mexico, take a photo of themselves in their booth at the 15th annual “Son para Milo,” which celebrates traditional Mexican music. The festival took place from Oct. 13 – 16 in Mexico City, Mexico’s capital.
Women prepare a puja, an act of worship, to the setting sun during Chhath, a four-day Hindu festival celebrated in parts of Nepal and India. The women are in the Ranipokhari area of Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital city, the location of a temple to Shiva, a Hindu god.
Families gather on Nov. 2 at the cemetery in Aldea Chaquijyá hamlet in Sololá, a municipality in southwestern Guatemala, for Día de los Difuntos, which is part of the two-day Día de los Muertos celebration, known in English as Day of the Dead. For Día de los Muertos, a religious holiday in Latin America, families often visit the burial sites of loved ones to offer food and gifts, pray and perform rituals. Many also share a meal by the tombstones. Día de los Difuntos is reserved for praying for the recently deceased who may still find themselves in purgatory.
Heel-Oy, Kandy, Sri Lanka
Farmers in Heel-Oya, a village in Sri Lanka’s Kandy District, guide cattle to trample rice stalks in a traditional rice-threshing process. The cattle separates the grain from the stalks. Much of Sri Lanka’s rice, a staple food, is now farmed by machines, but this traditional method is still used in some rare cases.
Dambar Tailor, 50, carries his sick grandson, Bikash Tailor, 12 on a path that leads from their village of Basuling in Nepal’s extreme western edge. There is no health clinic in Basuling, and no road for vehicles to reach it. Tailor, with Bikash on his back, walks for two hours to the nearest road, where the pair will board a bus to Baitadi, a larger town, to get medical help.
Students in Sololá, a municipality in southwestern Guatemala, play roulette in a celebration of Día del Niño, known in English as Universal Children’s Day. The students, from Escuela Oficial Rural Mixta, Caserío Cooperativa, each had one turn at the wheel in a chance to win candy, piggy banks, books and other prizes. The player shown here didn’t win a prize, but instead landed on a spot that stated, “You didn’t shower today.” Universal Children’s Day was instituted by the United Nations in 1954, and the countries that celebrate it choose their own dates. In Guatemala, it’s celebrated every Oct. 1.
Mexico City, Mexico
José Luis Perez Hernandez, 25 (left), and Marcelino Perez Aguilar, 57, retouch the façade of a trajinera, a colorful boat that ferries visitors around Lago de Xochimilco, a lake in Mexico City, Mexico’s capital. The decorative boats are retouched twice each year.
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.
San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico
Protesters in San Cristóbal de las Casas, a city in Chiapas, Mexico’s southernmost state, take to the streets on Oct. 19 in response to the recent brutal rape and killing of 16-year-old Lucía Pérez in Argentina. Thousands of people protested in Argentina, and those protests spread across Latin America. The protests in Argentina, collectively called a National Strike Against Femicides, used the hashtags #NiUnaMenos, or #NotOneLess, the English equivalent, which spread across the world.
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.
Doodhpathri, Indian-administered Kashmir
Razia Jan sits in her kitchen in the Doodhpathri area in the rural western part of Indian-administered Kashmir. Jan is a shepherd from the traditionally nomadic Gujjar tribe. Her family and others from her tribe come to the fertile valley in the Doodhpathri area in April with their animals, then they build small wood and mud huts. They graze their animals in the valley until October. When cold weather sets in, they return to their winter homes in another area.
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.
Women dance to Nepali music during the Teej festival, which is celebrated by Hindus in South Asia. The holiday was on Sept. 4, but festivities continued for days afterward. To celebrate, women wear new clothes and dance together. Some feast during the holiday, which focuses on women, but others fast and visit Hindu temples.