Nonde Kapembwa, a firefighter in Lusaka, Zambia’s capital, disinfects Bauleni Market while a colleague Richard Mulenga helps him carry the hose. The government has started disinfecting normally crowded areas to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.
Hairdresser Joram Amis makes a clip-on hair weave using hair extensions in Zambia’s Mtendere township. Amis says fewer people visit his salon due to the coronavirus outbreak, but his reusable clip-on hair weaves are now in demand.
Lewis Mashonga, in the red jersey, and his friend, Kapalo Musonda, in the gray shirt, buy secondhand clothing in Lusaka’s city center. They will later resell the clothing for a higher price. Zambian Health Minister Dr. Chitalu Chilufya has warned that overcrowded markets can lead to the spread of the coronavirus. Mashonga says the risk of coronavirus transmission is the least of his problems because he cannot afford to be home without any income.
Vivian Chisenga sweeps a road near Mtendere Market in Lusaka, the capital of Zambia. Local Government Minister Charles Banda ordered a weekly cleanup of all markets to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.
Rhoda Zulu (from left), Edna Zambo and Ruth Zulu sell vegetables on the roadside outside Soweto Market in Lusaka, Zambia. Although street vending is banned, traders still take the risk, saying that renting a stall in the official market is too expensive and that business there is slow.
Selina Tembo, a spiritual healer, cuts wild plants to use as traditional medicines in Lusaka, Zambia. Traditional herbs are popular among Zambians, despite a wave of Christianity that discourages their use. Tembo says she tries to connect with spirits as she searches for treatments, and that her white robe signifies purity of the spirit.
Rosalia Phiri holds her nine-month-old baby Joshua as he receives a measles vaccine at a clinic set up at the Shine charity in Lusaka, Zambia. Every six months, government health workers go around communities here, immunizing eligible children and providing other health services.
Patson Sakala, an audiology technician, conducts an ear check-up on an apprehensive child at the Olympic Youth Development Centre in Lusaka, Zambia. The Beit CURE Hospital, where Sakala works, offers free community ear check-ups in different communities around the city every week.
Theresa Kazunga and her son Enock wash a carpet at Ngwenya Dam in the Misisi township in Lusaka, Zambia. “We don’t need to pay for water to wash our clothes [here],” says Kazunga. She says that getting water elsewhere usually costs one Zambian kwacha (8 cents) for three 20-liter (16-gallon) buckets – “Imagine how much it could cost if you are doing laundry.”
Michael Mvunga (left) plays the role of Jesus during the stage where Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem in “The Way of the Cross,” a Catholic devotion performed on Good Friday at St. Ignatius Parish in Lusaka, Zambia. “The Way of the Cross” demonstrates Jesus Christ’s last day on Earth. Individuals move from station to station to recite specific prayers and meditate on Christ's last day.
Children from the Kalingalinga township in Lusaka, Zambia, play with rented tires. One of the children’s parents, noticing the lack of nearby recreational facilities, rents the tires for them, paying 0.5 Zambian kwacha (around 4 cents) an hour.
Mercy Sakala (right), 11, and her brother Mpumulo, 9, play a board game called draft, also known as checkers, in their home in Bauleni Compound in Lusaka, Zambia. The children say the game helps them with critical thinking.
Zambian police officers remove their caps as a way to thank Stephen Kampyongo, the Minister of Home Affairs, for attending this year's Zambia Police Day commemoration. The commemoration took place in Zambia’s capital, Lusaka, in the National Heroes Stadium.
Precious Sakala (left to right), 15, her sister Chishimba, 12, and Barbara Mwanza, 15, jump to avoid wading through water on their way to school in N’gombe township, part of Zambia’s capital, Lusaka. Precious says she sometimes has to wade through the water when it rains heavily.
Simon Mwansa, 10, carries vegetables to sell to neighbors in Kalingalinga, a settlement in Lusaka, Zambia. Simon says he helps his mother sell the vegetables so they can afford his school requirements.
Minzimbe Chona wears one of his reed hats to advertise his hat-making business in Zambia’s Mambwe District. “The body is my best advertiser,” says Chona. “When it looks good on me, certainly the buyer will know that it will look good on them too.”
Kelvin Kaboba (center) cheers for the Young Buffaloes Football Club, during the Barclays Cup tournament final at Heroes Stadium in Lusaka, Zambia. The fans show their support for the team by making a gesture resembling buffalo horns. The Young Buffaloes lost the match to the Nkana Football Club, 3-0.
During the Pamodzi Carnival, a festival in Lusaka, Zambia, a Makishi dancer performs with a snake and a mask that represent ancestral spirits. At Pamodzi, which means “together” in the Chichewa language, cultural groups from the country’s 10 provinces gather to celebrate Zambia’s heritage.
Samson Tembo (left) dribbles the ball around goalkeeper Richard Lungu, who attempts to defend the goal during a practice hockey match at the Olympic Youth Development Centre, a sports venue for young people in Lusaka, Zambia. The duo are part of a team that will participate in the Africa Youth Games, to be held in Algeria July 18-28.