Carlos Badillo Pedraza, 18, performs an ollie, a skateboarding trick where the rider jumps off the ground by pushing off the back of the board. Badillo Pedraza, originally from the western state of Michoacán, moved to Mexico City last year to become a chef. He says he has skated since he was a child, and now he’s looking for more parks like the Skate Park San Cosme, located under a bridge in the capital.
Vehicles and pedestrians stand where the Mtshabezi River flooded across Gwanda-Bulawayo road in late January in Gwanda, Zimbabwe. The Gwanda-Bulawayo road is a major thoroughfare used by mine workers, but others, including schoolchildren, were also trapped on one side and unable to return home later that night.
Dr. Claudia Samayoa, from the health center Centro de Salud los Pinos, talked to attendees at the first Feria del Condón, a condom fair, on Valentine’s Day in San Cristóbal de las Casas, a city in Chiapas state. The event promoted condom use as a sign of love between a couple.
Justin Gakuru, who lives in Nkama village, crosses the Sebeya River on water pipes that connect with Rugerero, another village in Rwanda’s western Rubavu district. The pipes provide the closest link between the two communities.
Steve Gerome performs in the streets of Jacmel, Haiti, during Carnival, a celebration held for several weeks leading up to Mardi Gras each year. Gerome is costumed as one of the “rope launchers,” who symbolize liberated slaves. They cover their bodies in syrup, charcoal ash or paint.
A public dump site in Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital city, sits near lodges and shopping complexes in a commercial area. Health officials say such sites are a factor in current outbreaks of typhoid and cholera. Health Minister David Parirenyatwa noted in a January press release that insufficient waste collection services in the city, paired with inadequate water supply and poor response time to blocked sewers, were causing the outbreaks.
Buddhist priest Dipendra Bajracharya conducts an annual puja, or religious ceremony, in December, in front of the Buddhist stupa at the Lakhatirtha area in Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital. This puja is commemorating the stupa, a Sanskrit term for a shrine, which are seen as Buddhist symbols of enlightenment.
A family of musicians in Mexicali, a city in Baja California state, performs for motorists queueing to enter the U.S. near the border checkpoint at the Calexico West Port of Entry. Alier Delval, 18 (far left), holds a drum and cup for donations, while his father, Simón Delval, 48, plays the trumpet, his brother Ervey Delval, 17, plays the clarinet, and Simón Delval’s wife Lorena Trillas, 35, plays the drum. The family, which is standing up against the border wall, has been playing popular Mexican songs for passing motorists for 14 years.
Geetha Samanmali, 32, pours Belimal tea from a large pot in Maligawila, a village in southwestern Sri Lanka. Samanmali, pictured in late December, serves the tea in a Buddhist pilgrimage area also known for a large statue of the Buddha. Belimal tea, which is made from the flowers and young buds of the Beli fruit, is sold at most cultural sites, markets and tea shops in Sri Lanka.
Bongani Ndlovu, left, digs holes while his brothers Themba Moyo, middle, and Silas Ndlovu, right, plant maize by dropping the seeds and using their feet to cover the hole with soil. The brothers’ field, pictured in January, is located in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second-largest city. People plant maize during the rainy season, which generally takes place between November and April, using naturally treated organic seed. Genetically-modified seeds aren’t allowed in Zimbabwe.
A dancer walks through the streets of Chiapa de Corzo, a municipality in Chiapas, Mexico’s southernmost state, during the Fiesta Grande de Chiapa de Corzo. The dancer is known as a “parachico,” which, translated literally, means “for the boy.” He wears a mask made to look like a Spanish conquistador. The festival lasts for about two weeks each January and honors three Catholic saints, Our Lord of Esquipulas, St. Anthony the Abbot and St. Sebastian. Parachicos dance as an offering to the saints in homes and churches that have erected altars for them.
Ticharwa Shingirai positions a cue ball, aiming to hit a red ball into a corner pocket. Shingirai and his friends are known as “touts” for their work shooing passengers into public transport buses in Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe. Here, they play billiards as they wait for another rush of commuters.
Members of the Free Media Movement, a collective of journalists and media professionals, participate in a silent candlelit vigil on Jan. 24 in memory of journalists killed or missing in Sri Lanka. This yearly vigil at Independence Square, in Colombo, Sri Lanka’s commercial capital, was held on the day on which Prageeth Eknaligoda, a cartoonist and political writer, was reported missing in 2010.
People enjoy an exhibit titled “Luz e Imaginación”, which in English means “Light and Imagination,” at the Museo de la Ciudad de México on Jan. 11. As visitors interact with sound, the Mexico City museum room is darkened so visitors can watch light rays beam down from the roof. The exhibit began in late November and runs through Feb. 12.
Daniel Moyo sprays insecticide provided to him by the Zambian government on his maize field in Chilanga, a farming area within the capital city. The 5-acre field was attacked by armyworms, small, black, striped caterpillars that feast on crops. The pests have appeared in increasing numbers around Zambia, alarming Vice President Inonge Wina, who says they might threaten food security if they’re not eradicated.
Dancers wearing Chinese-style lion costumes and drummers, all from the Asociación Shé Lóng de Kung Fu, perform in Mexico City on Jan. 27 in honor of Lunar New Year. As part of the performance, the lions approach restaurants that have hung lettuce from the entry and remove it with their mouths, to symbolize abundance and to drive away bad spirits. This Year of the Rooster took place on Jan. 28.
Alfred Mutua, 26, waits for customers in the Umoja One area in Nairobi County, Kenya, where he sells water, in early January. The Kenyan government introduced water rationing in the capital city in response to a water shortage, which increased demand for Mutua’s water. He now sells 18 liters (4.75 gallons) of water for 50 Kenyan shillings (48 cents), up from last month’s price of 20 shillings (19 cents).
Members of the Thanthai Periyar Dravidar Kazhagam political organization from India’s Tamil Nadu state chained themselves to a metal door in front of a state government office in Coimbatore, a city in southern India, on Jan. 9. The group demanded that officials pardon and release elderly prisoners, and those eligible for parole.
Rainy season in Zambia regularly brings flooding in Lusaka because of poor drainage in the capital city. But intrepid entrepreneurs see an opportunity to earn money when floodwater fills the streets: These men set up tires and other objects to allow pedestrians to, for a fee, traverse the flooded area without stepping into the water.
Members of the Gurung community of Nepal celebrate Tamu Losar, their New Year, in Tundikhel, a parade ground close to the center of Kathmandu, the capital city. The late-December holiday was marked by dance, food and other activities in the Gurung tradition.
Activists marched in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital city, to promote women’s rights on Sat., Jan. 21, the same day that similar marches occurred in major U.S. cities and around the world. The marches in the U.S. and elsewhere were held, in part, in response to the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump.
A woman in Mexico City holds a sign that reads, “No to the gasolinazo,” the informal name for a measure passed in late December that deregulated gasoline and boosted prices by 14 to 20 percent. Thousands in Mexico City and elsewhere in Mexico have since marched and blocked traffic and access to gas stations. The average price of fuel is now at 16.89 pesos (79 cents) per liter.
From left, Thomas Mwanza, 14, Kuwala Mwango, 12, Sandra Tembo, 14 and Anna Simasiku, 13, carry 20-liter containers of water more than five kilometers to draw water in rural Zambia. They say they sometimes miss school because they must fetch water for their families. More than a third of all Zambians do not have easy access to clean water, according to UNICEF, the U.N.’s child advocacy agency. The stream nearest the village where these children live is contaminated because it is used by animals, Thomas says.