Violet Muvandiri sprays disinfectant at a Market Square bus terminal in Harare, Zimbabwe. The Harare City Council says the city is disinfecting bus terminals as a precautionary measure against the coronavirus and to raise awareness of the seriousness of the disease and how to prevent it.
Urtnasan Orolzod performs a weekly cleaning of the 34th apartment building in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The Mongolian Ministry of Health recommended all families and organizations clean their homes and offices with water and disinfectant to halt the spread of the coronavirus.
Tseren-Oidov Altangerel, 6, a student in class 1B at Metropolitan School No. 34 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, watches a video lesson on the Mongolian language. The Mongolian government decided to provide online lessons while general-education schools are suspended due to coronavirus.
People celebrating at a festival in honor of patron saint Lorenzo Mártir carry firework bulls on their shoulders in Zinacantán, Mexico. The bulls are made of straw and covered with paper and other materials with fireworks stuffed inside. They are lit after being blessed in church, to the excitement of all the spectators who gather to watch.
Kelvin Mafaro fits recycled rubber on a spare part at an industrial site in Harare, Zimbabwe. He says that he and his fellow workers noticed that there are few companies that specialize in making rubber for cars, buses and other machinery, so they took the opportunity to provide these services. They work in groups and share profits at the end of each week.
Peter Longmolo (left) and John Loiki sit together dressed in some of the typical fashions of the Karamoja region in northern Uganda. The walking stick Longmolo holds has a Ugandan kob antelope carved on the top, and both men wear black feathered hats. They say it’s part of their “swag,” or style.
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.
In a large garden full of trees at the Hotel Bosques del Sol in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico, local producers gather every Sunday to sell everything from natural cosmetics, to local produce, to artisanal textiles. Known locally as the Firefly Street Market, it began as a weekly street market for local producers with the goal of developing community and aiding the local economy.
Vairan Neelam climbs a palmyra tree to obtain toddy, the sap from the tree, in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. People who do this work must obtain licenses in order to be able to sell the toddy. Neelam has been extracting and selling toddy for the past eight years.
Luis Alberto Aguilar Hernández pastes letters on the flower façade he made with his artisan colleagues at the Parish of San Matías in the borough of Iztacalco in eastern Mexico City. It’s a tradition to place such façades at the entrance of churches and parishes during religious celebrations in the area. “I have been doing this since I was a kid. I like it a lot seeing it when we put it up. I see all of my work captured in it,” Hernández says.
Nakku Zaina, a clinical officer at Wakiso Health Centre IV, gives a polio vaccine to Nalubega Nina, 1, as her mother Nakirinya Roset looks on. The service is part of a nation-wide vaccination program to immunize children against infectious diseases.
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.
Anita Ierace presents a light show that she created on an analog projector at a bookstore in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico. The aim of the show, which combines sounds and music with light and color, is to “open the doors to the consciousness of sound and color where the combination of music and light is the result of a synthesized journey that transcends perception.”
Abraham Moyo spray paints a scotch cart that was recently assembled at an industrial site in Harare, Zimbabwe. Even though he doesn’t own a shop at the site, he says his specialized spray painting services are required by several people who operate here. The site accommodates hundreds of informal craftsmen who provide a variety of services.
Worshippers celebrate the Theertha festival at Savalappidy Kanthaswamy Murugan Temple in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. The ritual occurring in the temple pond is performed for Hindu deity Murugan by the temple’s priests, in order to bring protection for the people and their village.
Alejandro Piña plays the main organ during a mass in the Chapel of the Assumption in Mexico City. Piña learned to play music for mass when he was 15 years old, and has been doing it for more than 50 years.
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.