Indigenous people from Argentina’s Jujuy province in northern Argentina, along with others, make offerings to Pachamama, which in the local indigenous language means "Mother Earth." The event, held on Aug. 27 in Buenos Aires, gathered the city’s residents and some officials with indigenous people to ask for the country’s good health, a blessing of natural resources, work, and peace and unity among Argentines.
Blandine, 8, lugs a water jug near a tap in Mugunga, a refugee settlement near Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Clean water is hard to find in the area, and water shortages are common, especially during the dry season.
Sunita Sunar (left), 30, and her three young children live in a Chhaupadi Gotha, a small hut located outside her home, during her menstruation. Every house in their village in Nepal’s Kailali district has a hut in their compound, but sometimes women choose to stay together for safety from wild animals. Sunar is joined by her 17-year-old neighbour, Anita Sunar (right), who didn’t want to stay alone in her Chhaupadi Gotha.
A bride walks down a main street in August toward a church in Libres, a municipality in the central state of Puebla. Members of the wedding party walk with her and behind her, some holding instruments and others leading horses.
Mary Tamala operates a sewing business on the streets of Mugunga, a town 18 kilometers (11 miles) outside of Goma, to make ends meet. Tamala, a widow with four children, makes about 500 Congolese francs (51 cents) a day.
Women participating in the KWESTRONG Triathlon in Minneapolis, a city in the midwestern U.S. state of Minnesota, smudge themselves with sage, sweet grass and other traditional medicines before the event begins. About 180 women canoed 3 miles, biked 9 miles, and completed a 5k or 10k run around Lake Calhoun on Aug. 21. In Dakota, the language of the indigenous tribe native to this area, this lake was originally called “Bde Maka Ska,” which translates to “White Earth Lake.” The event is intended to promote indigenous womens’ wellness.
Silvia María Samines, 36, sells camotes (sweet potatoes) and dulces de durazno (candied peaches) in front of a church in Sololá, a municipality in southwestern Guatemala. Samines prepares the food at home each day beginning at 5 a.m. A bag of candied peaches sells for 1 Guatemalan quetzal (13 cents) and each piece of sweet potato is 50 Guatemalan cents (7 cents). She earns 1,500 quetzales ($199) a month, which helps pay her children’s school fees.
A woman walks on a deserted commercial street in Srinagar, a city in Indian-administered Kashmir, where a military-enforced curfew has been in place since July 9. The curfew behttps://globalpressjournal.com/asia/indian-administered_kashmir/featured-photo-indian-administered-kashmir-curfew/gan to curb protests occurring throughout the city and surrounding districts that began after the death of Burhan Wani, a leader of an armed group. Wani was killed on July 8 in Anantnag district in a gun battle with Indian military forces.
Sinnu Gili wears a “poothkuli,” a hand embroidered shawl, in her kitchen in Pudhu Mund in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Traditionally, just red and black threads are used in this type of embroidery, but now members of the Toda tribe incorporate other colors. The white indicates purity and innocence, the red indicates adolescence and the black indicates maturity, Gili says.
Eli Tail, Sr., an elder member of the Lakota community, rests in the shade near the White River Visitor Center at Badlands National Park, a portion of which is within the boundaries of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The Oglala Sioux Tribe, the Lakota community that is headquartered on the reservation, worked for years with the U.S. government to establish a tribal national park from a piece of the existing park. Those efforts sputtered in recent years after ongoing disputes between the tribe and the National Parks Service.
Mothers, with their babies, line a street on Aug. 7 in the city of San Cristóbal de las Casas during “Tetaton 2016,” a breastfeeding awareness event, as an older woman walks by. Participants, and mothers say they hope the event will change the perception of public breastfeeding, which is criticized in their communities.
Laxmi Devi Tiwari, 27, works at a stone quarry in Kavrepalanchowk district, located east of Kathmandu. Tiwari earns about 3,000 Nepalese rupees (about $28) to 4,000 Nepalese rupees (about $37) a month to break stones into small pieces. She says she’s worked in the quarry since she was 12 years old. “In order to survive, I have had to do this hard labor for 15 years,” she says.
Maya Devi Thapa, 56, (seated) roasts corn over a wood fire in Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital city. Steaming hot corn is a popular snack in Nepal, and Thapa earns a living selling it streetside. She says she earns about 700 rupees ($6.50) per day during corn season, which usually lasts from May to November. When corn isn’t in season, Thapa says she sells vegetables she buys from a local wholesale market.
Cycle rickshaws are fast disappearing from Madurai, a city in India’s southern Tamil Nadu state, due to lifestyle changes and the automobile revolution. Vinayaga Moorthy says many other cycle rickshaw operators now drive auto rickshaws or have turned to other jobs. “I don’t have money to buy an auto rickshaw, and people who own auto rickshaws don’t come forward to offer jobs considering my age,” Moorthy says. “I now pedal for my daily bread. I earn 100 rupees ($1.49) to 150 rupees ($2.23) a day to feed myself and my wife.”
Provincial representatives carry flags and placards during a prayer day in Lusaka on July 24. Zambian President Edgar Lungu called for prayers for peaceful elections following a spate of violent incidents during campaigning for the Aug. 11 elections.
Rain pours during “Feria del Dulce 2016,” a festival celebrating sweets and candies in San Cristóbal de las Casas, a city in Mexico’s southernmost state of Chiapas. The sweets include dulce de leche, a sweetened milk that is slowly heated, and cocadas, made with coconut, among others. The annual festival, which convenes more than 60 confectionary artisans, began on July 24 and is set to end on July 31.
A crowd watches fireworks at the Fiesta Patronal de Santiago, which took place this month in Mexico City. This type of fireworks display, with its wooden frame, is known locally as a “castillo,” for its large, almost “castle”-like height. The Fiesta Patronal de Santiago honors James, one of Jesus’ 12 disciples, who in Spanish is known as Santiago el Mayor. Activities during the four-day festival included lectures, concerts and workshops.
Dental technicians studying at KIST Medical College examine patients at a free dental clinic set up on a street in Pulchowk, in Nepal’s Lalitpur district, on July 16. Along with basic checkups, the students offered advice about diet and hygiene.
Cecilia Amma, 50, harvests tea leaves at a private tea estate in Kotagiri, Nilgiris, a district in India’s southern Tamil Nadu state. “We are the last of the tea pluckers,” Amma says, noting that her community’s children are in school to pursue professional careers. Amma says she lived in Sri Lanka before she was repatriated to India under the Sirima-Shastri pact, a 1964 agreement between Sri Lanka and India that granted Indian citizenship to people of Indian descent in Sri Lanka.
Argentine protesters braved the rain in Buenos Aires on July 14 to protest increased utility rates, which have risen by as much as 1,000 percent in some areas. The protests come within President Mauricio Macri’s first year in office, during which Argentines have experienced continued economic instability. The sign shown says, “No to the tarifazo,” a term used in Argentina based on the Spanish word tarifa that is modified to suggest an exaggerated rate. That phrase is followed by, “Macri, national shame!!!”
The prison cells shown here house prisoners who are on death row. All male death row prisoners at Welikada Prison live in a building called the “Chapel,” which also contains the gallows used when death sentences are carried out.
Young people take to the streets in Lusaka, Zambia on July 4 to take a public stand against child sex abuse and gender-based violence. The event was organized by the Zambia Medical Association. Data varies, but human rights advocates, medical researchers and others have found that child sex abuse rates are high in Zambia. The country recently launched a Health and Wellbeing Survey, which is now being used to develop priorities to better protect children from abuse.
Muzaffar Ahmad, 11, guides bulls to plow rice fields in the Budgam area of Indian-Administered Kashmir. Some local farmers use tractors, but many people, like Muzaffar, continue to utilize traditional plowing methods.
A masked dancer performs a Bhadrakali dance in Kathmandu on June 25 during a festival to Bhadrakali, a Hindu goddess. The festival, held every 12 years, is mainly celebrated among Nepal’s Newar people and is intended to bring prosperity and peace to the country.