In Cobargo, New South Wales, a devastating bushfire brings locals together. In a violence-plagued enclave of villages in Mexico, children are trained to use guns. From Sydney to Tokyo, children's drawings show us what they miss most during the COVID-19 lockdown. These feature collections by Reuters photographers transport us to far-flung corners of the globe and move us with their intimate and often unexpected moments.
To mark AAP's new image partnership with Reuters in Australia, picture researcher Kristen Daly selects some of her favourite collections published so far this year as part of the award-winning agency's photojournalism series The Wider Image. View more on AAP Photos.
From Australian bushfire ashes, a community rises in solidarity
While residents of many of the fire-threatened towns and villages heeded advice to leave and head to evacuation centres elsewhere, Cobargo's less than 1,000 people chose not to abandon their town. View the full collection of images by Alkis Konstantinidis for Reuters/AAP.
A firefighter's suit hangs on the fence of a property next to a sign that reads "thanks guys" in the town of Cobargo, New South Wales, Australia, January 12, 2020.
Two women embrace during a gathering in the town's pub, to commemorate the loss of three members of the community and honour the efforts of the local firefighters, in Cobargo, New South Wales, Australia, January 12, 2020.
"Under siege": Inside a Mexican village where children are armed
Unable to send their children to school and too afraid to step out of their enclave of 16 mountain villages in the violence-plagued southwestern Guerrero state, residents say they have been left with little choice but to offer arms training to school-age children. View the full collection of images by Alexandre Meneghini for Reuters/AAP.
Children hold toy guns as they demonstrate newly learnt skills from military-style weapons training, to a Reuters journalist, in Ayahualtempa, Mexico, February 3, 2020.
Guillermo Gatica, 6, holds a toy gun as he demonstrates newly learnt skills from military-style weapons training, to a Reuters journalist, in Ayahualtempa, Mexico, February 3, 2020.
A police raid, viral videos and the broken lives of Nigerian gay law suspects
Eighteen months ago, dozens of men were rounded up and paraded before the press in a video that went viral. They still await trial, but Nigerian society has already punished them. These are their stories. View the full collection of images by Temilade Adelaja for Reuters/AAP.
Chris Agiriga, 23, one of the Nigerian men arrested on charges of public display of affection with members of the same sex, uses a sewing machine at his home in Lagos, Nigeria, February 14, 2020. Agiriga now lives in a safe house for men in Lagos. He says he lost his job as a community outreach worker with an HIV charity after his arrest. "I called my director. He saw what happened on TV. He said he couldn't employ me because it brings shame," Agiriga said. Before the raid, Agiriga wanted to pursue a career as a fashion designer. But he dropped out of his fashion course after losing the job that funded his studies. Agiriga now works as an HIV counsellor for a nonprofit group.
A doorway of the Kelly Ann Hotel, the scene of an August 2018 police raid in which 57 men were arrested on charges of public display of affection with members of the same sex, in Lagos, Nigeria, February 20, 2020.
Meet the women who scavenge for gold at the top of the world
Living with their families in shacks in a gold shantytown in the Andes, women known as "pallaqueras," or gold-pickers, make a living gleaning gold from the leftover rubble dumped by the men who work the gold mine below a glacier. View the full collection of images by Nacho Doce for Reuters/AAP.
Eva Chura, 42, a 'pallaquera' known as a gold picker, strikes rocks that were discarded from a mine, in search of gold, in the town of La Rinconada, the Andes, Peru, October 11, 2019. "In a week sometimes I can get 1 gram or 2 grams of gold," Chura said. "If I'm lucky it can sometimes be 20 grams, but that's down to luck."
Eva Chura and another woman, who are both 'pallaqueras' known as gold pickers, smoke and drink anise while chewing coca leaves, as part of a ritual for searching for gold performed before a shift, in La Rinconada, the Andes, Peru, October 11, 2019. "I don't count my husband, because he is no help as a father or a husband," Chura told Reuters. "I'm the papa and the mama. ... We don't want for anything. We have everything."
High noon in a coronavirus-stricken world
Lockdowns to halt the spread of the coronavirus have brought an uncanny silence to some of the world's busiest places. Reuters photographers have captured the hush that has descended on some of the world's best-known sites on the same day, at noon. View the full collection of images, including highlights below by Francis Kokoroko and Hannibal Hanschke, for Reuters/AAP.
A watch showing the time at noon is displayed for a photo of an empty Ring Road Central Street in Accra, Ghana on March 31, 2020.
A digital clock on a smartphone is pictured in front of Brandenburg gate in Berlin, Germany, March 31, 2020.
Children's drawings from lockdown show the world what they miss most
Children confined to their homes under lockdown due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak are drawing what they miss most - friends at school, grandparents, football and green open spaces. View the full collection of images, including highlights below by Kim Kyung-Hoon and Loren Elliott, for Reuters/AAP.
Reku Matsui (L), 8, and Yaya Matsui, 12, pose for a photograph while holding pictures that they drew during the COVID-19 outbreak, as they stand on the balcony of their home in Tokyo, Japan, April 19, 2020. "I miss being with my grandmother and my grandfather. Also, I want to go to my grandmother's house," said Reku, who drew a picture of himself standing in between his two smiling grandparents. Yaya, who drew a picture of herself and a friend, said: "what I want to do the most right now is hang out with my friends."
Oriana Ikladious (L), 8, and Rafaela Ikladious, 8, who are twins, pose for a photograph while holding their hand-drawn pictures on the balcony at their home in Sydney, Australia, April 18, 2020. Oriana said: "I feel a bit of FOMO (fear of missing out) because I'm missing out, everyone is missing out, on everything that's public. And it's kind of sad and annoying. It's very tempting to go out but you can't. And that's what I miss... going to the cinema, going to the library and borrowing books." Rafaela said: "I am also feeling really sad and frustrated that last year we had the fires and this year we have the virus, and I feel very sad because this year we're going to have to stay home and I really hope that they give a treatment out soon so that everyone can recover and start going out again."
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