A bride and groom pose on their wedding day in Goma, the capital of North Kivu Province in Democratic Republic of Congo. Many Congolese couples live together without being married because they can’t afford a wedding. Congo Men’s Network, which works with men to end gender-based violence and other problems, coordinated marriage ceremonies for about two dozen couples by paying their administrative fees.
Prayer flags are on display at Pharping, a Buddhist pilgrimage site located just south of Kathmandu, Nepals’ capital city. The man shown is among the people who earn money by hanging prayer flags for pilgrims. There is no fixed price, but the flag hangers work to earn all they can.
Kahingo Bauma Amida, a former fighter with the Patriotic Alliance for a Free and Sovereign Congo, also known as the APCLS, an armed rebel group, stands with her baby in Goma, the capital of Democratic Republic of Congo’s North Kivu province. She joined the group when she was just 12 years old. She was captured by government forces and taken to a military training camp, where she lived for three years. Now 23 years old, she lives in Goma, but says she hasn’t received any assistance from the government to build her life there.
Evens Valentin, 25, cuts Jackson Mervilus' hair at migrant shelter Hotel del Migrante, in Mexicali, Mexico, a city near the U.S. border. Both men are Haitians who have been in Mexicali for three months, hoping to cross into the U.S. Haitian migrants have flooded shelters in the border cities of Mexicali and Tijuana, according to Mexico’s national human rights commission.
Two evangelical pastors, both on left, baptize a young girl in Lake Atitlán in Panajachel, a city in southwestern Guatemala, in late December. A group of young boys stand nearby in the water, awaiting their turn. The group traveled from Patzún, a nearby municipality, to perform the baptisms. Lake Atitlán is renowned in the region for its size, beauty and surrounding volcanoes.
An elderly woman carries a bag of potatoes in the Masisi area of Democratic Republic of Congo. U.N. peacekeepers keep watch behind her. Many elderly people have lost children during ongoing conflict in this country, and therefore struggle to survive.
Leslie Moyo, a second-hand clothes seller who works along Park Street in Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital city, arranges his wares. Widespread unemployment has pushed people to launch temporary, open-air boutiques throughout the city.
Freshly butchered meat hangs in the Mercado de Jamaica, a public market in Mexico City. Pig heads sell for 24.50 Mexican pesos per kilogram ($1.20 per 2.2 pounds). The heads are often used to make pozole, a hominy stew prepared for special celebrations, or thinly-chopped braised or fried pork known as carnitas, which is often served in tacos.
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.
A group of boys from Lusaka, Zambia’s capital city, use plastic whistles and metal buckets fashioned into drums to perform in the city center. The boys, who wear T-shirts that say “Young Boys Band,” take donations that are used to buy their school supplies.
People stop to look at a display erected in Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital city, in November to celebrate the birthday of Bhairav, a Hindu god believed to be the incarnation of Shiva. Bhairav is considered to be a god of destruction. Eggs, peanuts, beans and other food are displayed with a fish, which is associated with tales of Bhairav, including one in which he takes the form of Matsyendra, a fish god. This display is erected each year in Indrachowk, one of Kathmandu’s market areas.
Mercy Zveushe, 39 (foreground) and Brenda Munetsi, 26 (in blue shirt) fetch water from an open well in Southlea Park, a section of Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital city. Some people who live in the settlement say they don’t have access to the tap water that elsewhere is provided by the Harare City Council. Many residents dig their own wells, but many of those wells dried up during a recent drought.
A vendor drops off radishes to sell at Central de Abasto, a main wholesale market in Mexico City, Mexico’s capital. A huge portion of the country’s fruits and vegetables are brought and sold here. One 2011 USDA report noted that it handles 50 percent of the country’s food products. It’s one of 60 central wholesale markets nationwide, but Central de Abasto, as the backbone of the country’s traditional market sector, generates more than 10 billion dollars each year.
Visitors at the Palacio de la Escuela de Medicina museum in Mexico City participated in a blindfolded tour on Nov. 30 designed to create awareness of how visually impaired people experience such events. The event is part of the museum’s monthly Noche de Museos, or Night of Museums, which convenes nocturnal visitors to the Palacio the last Wednesday of each month.
From left, Tecla Munyukwa, 39, Angeline Nyika, 32, and Willmar Marifandi, 38, sew bows and neckties in Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital. The three women have been in the business of making ties for nine years. They say their work has helped them survive during Zimbabwe’s economic crisis.
Adelaide Mhlanga, left, and Peggy Masuku pose in their outfits for a competition showcasing the traditional clothes of the Ndebele people, the second-largest tribal community in Zimbabwe. Mhlanga wears traditionally beaded clothing, while Masuku wears an outfit made of seeds from the Mopani tree, which grows in Zimbabwe’s dry regions. The event was held at the Amagugu International Heritage Centre in Matobo district in southwestern Zimbabwe.
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.
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.
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.
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.