An incredible true story of 10 children in Bangladesh who decided to take 10 stray dogs and save them from imminent death. Photographer Sam Edmonds these children met while working on a project in the capital, Dhaka, and decided to photograph to portray the unconditional friendship that unites them.
Robindra Shorbod, a small park in the South West of Dhaka, Bangladesh is home to around 10 street kids. Street kids that beg for money, collect plastic containers to sell for recycling and most importantly, share every ounce of food they earn with the 10 dogs that live with them.
In each of these portraits, the Robindra boys are individuals. But together they become members of a family. A family of two species and members of each species that have been swept aside in one of the world’s largest cities. These portraits show the strength, resilience and most of all, camaraderie between these orphaned kids and the dogs they have adopted.
Rubel, Sumaia, Shakil, Osman, Noyon, Ladin, Azizul, Al Amin and Shamim along with “Tiger”, “Michael”, “Romeo”, “Bullet”, “Kalu”, “Moti”, “Bagha”, “Tom”, “Jax” and “Lalu” were not told to pose – they entered the frame with their favorite companion and the shutter was released. What these portraits speak about is the ability of these kids – so socioeconomically deprived – to shine as an exemplar of companionship between these two species. In a corner of the globe seen by most as the last place for animal rights consciousness, these kids show that the expanding circle of empathy is universal across economic and sociopolitical divides.
In Bangladesh, as in Mexico, the problem of stray dogs is huge also has a rabies epidemic that has caused thousands of dogs slaughtered. These children were born in the poorest neighborhoods of the city, living collecting garbage and beg for money on the streets. Dogs and they lived in the same place and they became friends. Today, every bite of food that children get is shared with their dogs.
We leave some of the photos that portray real friends.