Visitors walk through the entrance to the National Historic Landmark of Wounded Knee on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, located within the U.S. state of South Dakota. Summertime brings many people to Wounded Knee, where, in 1890, U.S. troops surrounded then massacred between 150 and 300 Lakota people. Violence erupted there again nearly a century later in 1973, when armed members of the American Indian Movement (AIM) occupied a trading post to demand tribal sovereignty, an overhaul of tribal leadership and other changes.
A truck driver, stuck for days in a massive traffic jam caused by a road block, sleeps in a hammock strung between the wheels of his truck. Hundreds of vehicles were stopped on a federal highway known as the Carretera Transístmica, when the Coordinadora Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación teachers’ union organized the road block to protest a 2013 educational reform. The road block began on June 13 and continues today. On June 17, this truck was in the town of Matías Romero Avendaño, within the southern state of Oaxaca. Earlier this week violent clashes between union protesters and local authorities here resulted in ten deaths, according to local media reports.
Fishermen repair their nets on the island of Gihaya in western Rwanda. The island was once a residence of Juvénal Habyarimana, who was Rwanda’s president from the 1970s until the early 1990s. Now, children play football and fishermen work on their nets on the grassland. At nightfall, the fishermen cast their nets into Lake Kivu for small fish known locally as sambaza.
Ranjana Thapa Khadka, 32, on right, loads grass into a Doko carried by Kaushalya Guragai, 39, kneeling on left. The women have, since 2002, been members of a forest committee in the Indreshwor Thalpu Community Forest 1 in Panauti Municipality in Kavrepalanchowk district, commonly known as Kavre, in Nepal. There are nearly 19,000 community forest users groups in Nepal and women have leadership roles in 1,200 of those groups. The groups ensure that local villagers have access to grass, twigs and other forest materials without harming the forests.
Rocío, 32, a teacher from Guerrero state in southwestern Mexico who asked that just her first name be used, has since May 30 lived in an encampment made up of teachers in Mexico City. Like many others in the camp, she uses a public bench to wash her clothes. The encampment, made up of members of Coordinadora Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación, a teacher’s union, formed in May to protest a 2013 reform to the education system which includes a requirement that teachers undergo performance evaluations. Rocío and other teachers say the reform puts their job security at risk.
Students affiliated with the Nepal Students’ Union, the student wing of Nepali Congress, Nepal’s largest political party, stage a protest on May 19 at Ratna Park in Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital city, to demand changes including an end to price hikes. The students’ signs, worn as clothing, display slogans including “It’s hard for the public to survive.”
Sady, 9 (in red), and his brother Chaka, 11 (in white), set out on a 2 kilometer (about 1.2 miles) trip to their school on an island in Lake Bunyonyi in Uganda. The boat is their only transport and they pilot it themselves to get to school each day.
A major earthquake in April 2015 destroyed many schools in Nepal. At the Shree Gramanati School in the village of Killa in Kavrepalanchowk (commonly known as Kavre) district, the building hasn’t been rebuilt. Some classrooms, like this one, are without proper walls. Killa and the area around it does not have road access, so some students walk up to three hours to attend school.
Khushboodil Muslim, 32 (left), sells flutes in Taumadhi Tole, a square with historic and religious buildings in Nepal’s Bhaktapur municipality. Muslim, an Indian who has lived and worked in Nepal for eight years, says he earns about 1,000 to 1,200 Nepali rupees ($9.39-11.26) per day selling flutes that range in price from 20 to 350 rupees (19 cents - $3.29).
Nearly half a million people were displaced in Sri Lanka in this week as flooding and landslides due to a storm that became Tropical Cyclone Roanu, which ripped through Asia’s Bay of Bengal. Rescue efforts were uncoordinated and included many private boats, operated by people who sought to help the many families in need of rescue or supplies. Despite the floodwaters, some families remained in the upper levels of their home to guard against looters.
Humberto Xoquic (second from the right), prepares meat in the churrasco style in an open pit barbecue. The cooked meat is served on a stick or carved, then offered alongside beans, tortillas and tomato salsa. Xoquic, his wife Martina Pérez (far left) and their family live off this business, serving food to passersby in Panajachel, a municipality in southwestern Guatemala, from 10 a.m to 9 p.m. each day. Each family member has a particular role, including a daughter (second from the left) and son (far right). “Teamwork favors the family,” Pérez says.
A member of the Oglala Lakota Nation, an indigenous group in the U.S., tells Bernie Sanders about his experience with a lack of effective health services on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, located within the U.S. Sanders, a U.S. senator from Vermont and a candidate for the Democratic party’s nomination for U.S. President, hosted a community meeting there on May 12 in advance of a June 7 primary election in South Dakota, the state that now encompasses much of Lakota people’s traditional homelands. The meeting began with presentations by tribal leaders and representatives before Sanders took to the podium to discuss issues including poverty, job creation and health.
Cristobalina Saloj (left) and Antonia Guarcax (center) participate in an egg-beating competition for Mother’s Day, which was celebrated in Guatemala on May 10. The competition was hosted by Escuela Oficial Rural Mixta, Caserío Cooperativa, a school in the Aldea Chaquijyá in Sololá, a municipality in southwestern Guatemala. The event included raffles, games and other activities.
R. Shobhana, a nurse, checks the blood pressure of Letchumi Neelagiri, 65, who has sickle cell anemia. Neelagiri is from the Irula tribe, which inhabits the southern and eastern slopes of the Nilgiris, a mountainous region in Tamil Nadu state in southeastern India, among other areas. Most Irula women and children suffer from anemia and other health challenges, including scurvy and night blindness, due to food habits and local cultural practices, health experts say. Neelagiri’s blood pressure check is part of a mobile outreach program organized by the Nilgiris Adivasi Welfare Association (NAWA). The program brings medical teams to the Irula every 15 days to check on anemic patients as well as those with other health problems.
Neel Maharjan, 44, left, with her 65-year-old brother-in-law, Tare Mam Maharjan, salvages bricks from her home in Khokana, about 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) from Nepal’s capital Kathmandu. The home was destroyed in the April 2015 earthquake. Neel Maharjan says she waited more than 10 months after the earthquake to salvage building materials because she believed the house would eventually completely collapse, making it easier to gather bricks and wood. She hopes to receive a government grant to rebuild her home. Until then, she’ll continue to live in a temporary shelter.
Protesters took to the streets in Mexico City, the capital of Mexico, on April 24 to publicly oppose sexual and gender violence, including femicide. The female homicide rate in Mexico is high, according to a 2015 report by the Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development, with an average of 3.2 female homicide deaths per 100,000 women. This sign reads, “If they touch one, thousands of us organize!” Similar protests took place in more than 40 cities nationwide, according to social media campaigns run by the organizations involved.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.