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.
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.
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.
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.
Children dance alongside a member of Barefeet Theatre, a group that teaches children theater arts, dance and other skills, during a cultural and tourism festival in the Kabwata suburb of Lusaka. The event, known as Pamodzi Carnival, showcases Zambia’s cultural heritage through music and dance. The carnival occurred in late September.
Mussa, 24, a traveling merchant, sells fruit in Stone Town, a historic section of Zanzibar town on the island of Zanzibar, which is part of Tanzania. Mussa travels around town and sells fruit door-to-door.
Two girls sit in a Catholic church in Democratic Republic of Congo’s Beni territory. They attended a mass dedicated to the victims of an August 13 massacre that reportedly killed more than 50 people. Government officials blamed the massacre on the ADF-NALU, a Ugandan armed group.
Nonhlanhla Mathe displays her art at a women-only exhibition called “Art on the Stoep” in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. The exhibit, which was held in mid-September, featured nine local artists. Many of Mathe’s pieces showcase batik-style designs. Her work has been exhibited both in Zimbabwe and abroad.
Austin Changwe, a worker from a veterinary clinic in Lusaka, Zambia’s capital city, dips a dog in a pesticide solution during a vaccination and pest-control exercise in Woodlands, a Lusaka suburb. The local veterinary clinic has been educating residents on the importance of vaccination and pest control ahead of the World Rabies Day on Sept. 28.
Carefully stacked produce awaits buyers in Kamanyola, a village near Goma, the capital of Democratic Republic of Congo’s North Kivu province. Fruits and vegetables are cheap here, so the market attracts customers even from neighboring Rwanda. Here, a pot of tomatoes sells for 500 Congolese francs (about 50 cents).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Zambian artist B Flow (right) and his dancer entertain a crowd in Lusaka, Zambia, during a Feb. 13 event related to International Condom Day. The event was one of many for the day, which promoted HIV and AIDS awareness.