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
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.
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.
Empty gas cylinders in front of shops are a common sight in Nepal, where an ongoing blockade along the border with India has made basic necessities scarce. The blockade, which started in September 2015, has pushed prices up: A cylinder of cooking gas on the black market sells for 8000 to 9000 Nepalese rupees ($77-86). The normal rate is 1500 rupees ($14).
Mexico City, Mexico
Raymundo Dominguez, 33, sells balloons in on Jan. 5 Mexico City the day before Three Kings Day, which is considered the end of the Christmas season. The day commemorates the Christian belief that three wise men from distant lands traveled to worship and present gifts to infant Jesus. To celebrate, children tie letters with their gift wishes to the balloons, and send them up in the sky for the kings to read.
In Zimbabwe, mental illness is considered a curse. Those suffering from mental illnesses are shunned, abandoned and forgotten by family. In one "insane asylum," mental health patients rely on each other and the medical staff for emotional support. Still, the hospital struggles to provide residents with adequate food, toiletries and clothing. Despite all these challenges, patients here say their faith in God gives them hope.