Global Press Journal reporters carry their cameras as they work and live. The moments they capture highlight human connection across the globe.
Colombo, Sri Lanka
D.I. Indika Priyadarshana, 32, has filled a clay pot with water to inspect it for leaks at his roadside pottery stand in Attidiya, a suburb of Colombo, the economic and commercial capital of Sri Lanka. Priyadarshana set up his stall several days before the Sinhalese and Tamil New Year on April 14 for customers who followed the holiday tradition of boiling coconut milk in a new clay pot.
Mohan Shrestha brings coriander and turmeric powder to sell to shoppers in Ason, a busy market in Kathmandu, Nepal. Shrestha carries the spices in steel baskets attached to a bamboo stick.
Upenyu Maponde, 32, weaves a chair under some shade in Avondale, a suburb of Harare, Zimbabwe. Maponde, who has been weaving furniture for 10 years, sells his items on the side of the road. His complete four-seat couch sells for between $300 and $400.
Misheck Tembo, 72, repairs bicycles in Lusaka, the capital of Zambia. For the last 21 years, Tembo has earned a living by repairing bicycles.
Mexico City, Mexico
Rodrigo Callejas, 28, in the guise of a Franciscan friar, conducts a tour of the tombs of some luminaries of 19th-century Mexico at the Museo Panteón de San Fernando in Mexico City. Callejas has been using this friar character for four years to entertain visitors with fun stories while also teaching history.
A girl crosses a river using a sewer pipe as an improvised bridge on her way to school in Mutare, Zimbabwe. Children take this route to avoid the conventional path, which is much longer and often requires them to pay for public transport.
Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir
Roadside barbers sit nearby the famous Dargah Hazratbal Shrine in Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir state in India. Customers are mostly older men who want haircuts and beard trims after praying at the Muslim shrine, which holds a holy relic believed to be hair from the Prophet Muhammad’s beard.
Puerto Morelos, Mexico
Susana Esquinca dances as guitarist Wilbert González and saxophonist Anuska Moracho play flamenco music at Los Gauchos in Puerto Morelos, a town in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico. The group has been together for five years and performs at this restaurant every Monday night.
Priests and devotees worship and pray at the Pashupatinath Temple, one of Hinduism’s holiest sites, in Kathmandu, Nepal. Worship takes place at 6 p.m. every day, and includes singing, playing classical instruments, chanting Vedic mantras, ringing bells, burning incense and lighting oil lamps.
Tourists visit Lubiri Palace in Kampala, the capital of Uganda. The palace once held torture chambers used by Idi Amin, who committed crimes against humanity as president of Uganda from 1971 to 1979. According to tour guide Allan Kakembo (not pictured), the torture chamber site was originally an armory, but was later converted into a prison where an estimated 19,000 people died from hunger, suffocation or mass electrocution.
Jeremiah Mutunga Mwema, 38, sells his goods at Nairobi’s Maasai Market, held every Tuesday along Kijabe Street. The market brings together African fashion traders. Mwema makes and decorates his own African wear and is the founder of Black Pride, a clothing business.
Musician Tariro ne Gitare (left) gives guitar lessons to students at St. Peter’s Secondary School Mbare in Harare, Zimbabwe. She started an initiative that offers free weekly lessons to nurture musical talent among students who had not had access to instruments.
Workers rebuild Durbar Square in the ancient Nepalese city of Bhaktapur, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The reconstruction effort began in February, nearly two years after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal in April 2015. Representatives from the Bhaktapur Municipality’s heritage department blame political instability for the delay.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
In Buenos Aires, Argentina, Ana Robledo fastens a crocheted version of a white handkerchief, the symbol of Madres de Plaza de Mayo, to a fence at the Plaza de Mayo, the city’s main public square. The words “nunca más” mean “never again.” Madres de Plaza de Mayo was formed by mothers of “los desaparecidos,” people who disappeared during the regime of President Jorge Rafael Videla, who ruled from 1976 to 1981. Many people in Argentina rallied to recognize the anniversary of the March 24, 1976, coup d’état that brought Videla to power.
Las Rosas, Chiapas, Mexico
A man dancing in the street wears the traditional costume of mask, sombrero and beads associated with the folk legend El Sombrerón during El Carnaval del Tancoy in the city of Las Rosas in Chiapas, Mexico. The annual festival marks the beginning of Lent. The carnival has its roots in ancient rituals in which indigenous people asked the gods for rain at the beginning of the harvest season.
Mexico City, Mexico
Ilse Gómez (left), 19, and Fernanda Méndez, 20, juggle soccer balls for tips during red lights in Mexico City. The women perform one day a week for about four hours, making about 800 Mexican pesos ($40), which go toward their school expenses.
Walter Rabinal plays piano in a park in Sololá, a municipality in southwestern Guatemala, as part of the “El Viaje” project, which puts pianos in public places for anyone to use. The project aims to help Guatemalan communities take an interest in music, to promote harmony and unity.
Mirriam Zulu, an entrepreneur, makes waist beads and other beaded jewelry for women at the Mtendere Market in Lusaka, Zambia. Waist beads are used to detect weight gain, and other types of beaded jewelry can convey status or act as a form of intimate communication between husband and wife. Zulu’s business blends beading traditions with more modern necklaces and bracelets.
Boys and young men play video games at the Unique Barbershop in Harare, Zimbabwe, a barbershop and gaming center housed inside an old bus. The shop attracts five or six customers a day for haircuts and many others who come to play video games. Customers pay 10 cents for five minutes of playing time.
San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Mexico
Carlos Pérez Méndez (left), 9, and Eliseo López Méndez, 10, are shoe shiners in San Cristóbal de las Casas, a major city in Chiapas, Mexico’s southernmost state. The two boys, who are not related, charge 7 pesos (about 34 cents) per pair, and 10 pesos (about 49 cents) when a customer requests a special hue or tint. They estimate they shine as many as 15 pairs a day. The daily earnings contribute to their families’ household income. According to 2014 figures from local nonprofit Melel Xojobal, nearly 3,000 children in this city work on the streets.
Vendors Simon Phiri (left) and Amon Kabamba sell a variety of items before the start of the Zambia-Egypt football game during the Total U-20 Africa Cup of Nations, held at National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka, Zambia. Vendors seized the opportunity to sell merchandise with Zambia’s national colors, including plastic trumpets commonly known as vuvuzelas. Zambia hosted the games from Feb. 26 through March 12.
Children, ages 4 to 7, participated in an art class held by the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Harare. They took a tour of the museum and then painted pictures to recreate what inspired them.
Mexico City, Mexico
The band Eddie y Los Grasosos plays for dancers at the monthly Noche de Museos, or Night of Museums, on the main patio at Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso in Mexico City. Before the concert, the museum screened the movie “Grease” to create a rock ’n’ roll atmosphere.
Protesters gathered in front of the Kathmandu office of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Wednesday to demand justice for people who suffered human rights abuses during Nepal’s 10-year civil war. The commission, created in 2014 for a two-year term, was in February extended for another year, but people who experienced human rights abuses worry the war criminals will never be called to account for their actions. Sabitri Shrestha, pictured, says a Maoist soldier killed her 32-year-old brother in 1998. When another brother reported that death, he, too, was shot dead in front of his young daughter, Rachana Shrestha, who later committed suicide when she was just 12 years old. Read more Global Press coverage on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission here.