Bienvenu Lopata, 28, a fourth-year PhD student at the University of Kisangani, studies in Motumbe, a neighborhood in Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo. Lopata’s classes have been suspended due to the coronavirus, so he spends his time studying the subjects he learned before the lockdown took effect.
Kanyere Denise, left, and Kavira Nzanzu make face masks at a tailor shop in the main shopping area of Kirumba, Democratic Republic of Congo. While health care workers have encouraged people to comply with measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, there have been few masks available. These seamstresses started making masks to help the local population, and each seamstress can make between 30 and 50 masks per day.
Mireille Busombolo, a 29-year-old housewife, cooks at her home in Kabondo, a commune in Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo. She wears a mask, even inside her own home, to protect against the spread of the coronavirus.
From left, Sublime Gbwema, 4; Mastro Ngongo, 6; Ephrahim Gbwema, 11; and Jacque Fumu, 11, entertain themselves near their homes in Meteo, a neighborhood in Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo. Public institutions, including schools, have been closed since March to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, leaving children with plenty of time to play.
Ringo Ramazani, the conductor of a music band known as Jeu du Ciel, sings and plays guitar at an event put on in honor of a visit from Carly Nzanzu Kasivita, the governor of North Kivu province, in Kirumba, Democratic Republic of Congo. Politicians, members of political parties and people from all walks of life gathered for the occasion.
Julie Mombi lies on the exam bed while nurse Jucain Malisawa inserts a birth control implant in her upper arm at Tropical health center located 5 kilometers (3 miles) away from Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo. Malisawa is part of an international organization called DKT, which provides family planning methods in clinics in several cities in DRC.
Veronique Omba secures the day’s catch of “ngolo,” or snake catfish, from the Congo River in Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo. For the last 14 years, Omba has woken up every day at 5 a.m. to catch fish, which she sells to provide for her family.
Marie Isomela, Agate Limba and Fifi Asumani (left to right) use a traditional method to produce palm oil in the commune of Kisangani, about 4 kilometers (about 2.5 miles) from the city of the same name in Democratic Republic of Congo. They formed this team in 2004 to sell the product at the market.
Stino Muhindo attaches a piece of old tire to the bottom of a shoe to create a new sole in Kirumba, Democratic Republic of Congo. Muhindo gathers old car tires from local garage owners and uses them to repair shoes in his shop, which is located in the city’s Buhimba neighborhood.
Mamisa Aendalase, 20, repairs home appliances at her workshop in Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo. She makes 80,000 to 160,000 Congolese francs ($50 to $100) a day repairing things like telephones, TV sets and other appliances.
Members of the Association des Femmes Tresseuses, an association of female hair braiders, gather at Noguerra, a public space in the Makiso commune of Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo. They use the space to braid and weave hair, since it is cheaper than renting space at a salon.
Jean de Dieu Wasuku, 4, carries an empty jerry can to a nearby spring in the Kachuya neighborhood of Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo. Wasuku walks about one kilometer (.62 miles) to the spring early every morning. His mother meets him afterward to help carry the can home once it’s filled.
Jackson Kamate, who was displaced from his home in North Kivu, harvests beans at his job as a day laborer in Komanda, Democratic Republic of Congo. Jackson is paid 1600 Congolese francs (nearly $1) a day to harvest and carry the beans to be threshed. Despite record harvests, it’s hard for farmers in this area to sell crops since transportation is so difficult.
Gloire, 8, holds a goat’s leash with Sifa, 10, (left) and Oscar, 4, (right) while they take the animals out to graze in Nyamiindo, a neighborhood of Kayna, Democratic Republic of Congo. Their legal guardian, Isabelle Kahambu Ngotsi (not pictured) taught them how to take the goats to graze. Kahambu Ngotsi, with help from Solidaritat Castelldefels Kasando, a group for children without parents, currently cares for 17 orphaned children.
Fataki Saidi, a traditional healer, stands in the house where he consults with and treats patients in the Kabondo commune of Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo. Saidi uses natural medicinal plants to make herbal remedies and treat diseases.
Bernard Lukusa (left to right), Fabien Kimoni, and Eric Kasongo, hold black belts to honor their fellow martial artist Francois Alauwa, who recently passed away. The friends of the deceased gather at Espace Boyomais in Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo. The provincial government provided the space for families to mourn their loved ones, pay their respects and perform karate demonstrations.
Jean Matulu, 10, goes fishing in a canoe on the right bank of the Tshopo River in Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo. Jean practices fishing every day after school, hoping to catch even bigger fish to sell.
Farmer Sophie Mayaza travels by canoe to sell the produce she grows in bulk to resellers on the other side of the Tshopo River, commonly known as the “left bank,” about 20 kilometers (12.5 miles) from the city of Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo. The resellers sell the produce at various small markets in neighboring villages.
Agatte Mapera collects some stones with her grandchildren in Kirumba, Democratic Republic of Congo. Mapera crushes stones into gravel to sell to local construction companies. She fills about one truckload per week.
Jean Rino Malondo crosses a small river locally known as Kikongo, transporting bamboo 13 kilometers (8 miles) from the area of Simesta to sell to customers in downtown Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo. Malondo uses a bicycle and a homemade bamboo boat to take the bamboo across the river. He has been collecting and selling bamboo for 19 years.