Category Archives: Bangladesh

Intimate Interviews in Pabna: Portraits and Words From Two Sex Workers

Posted: 05 Jan 2012 03:32 PM PST On the bus to Pabna I met two fantastic Bengali’s who offered to take me around the town of Pabna by getting me access to anything I so curiously decide to photograph. In my previous blog post you had the opportunity to see inside the mental institution where […]

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by Jeremy Fokkens

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February 16, 2012 - 9:49 am

Vitalia Just wanted to say that these women are absolutely beautiful. I can’t imagine what it was like to hear their stories and the emotions that came with it. Making us all aware of the situation and hypocrisy involved with NGO & Charity work in developing countries.


May 21, 2012 - 1:41 pm

Fokkens Well done Jeremy, still very powerful even re-reading it now. Every little voice makes a difference, these women are very brave and your pics really humanized their story. Good job. S

July 19, 2012 - 9:42 am

Adrianna Wilshire I know I am late with my comment but I just got to see this post. I am almost at a loss for words with this story and these pictures. Their story is provocative, shocking, and heartbreaking. I am so glad they were brave enough to share their story with you. They are beautiful, beautiful women.

August 1, 2013 - 9:57 am

Steve Ridge Similar stories in Michael Glawogger’s “Whore’s Glory,” which included interviews with prostitutes in Bangladesh. It is disturbing, although the stories in Bangladesh are heart wrenching and haunting.

Bihari Refugee Camp

Posted: 12 Dec 2011 04:24 AM PST This series of images is of the Bihari refugee camp in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Having trouble getting detailed information from some of the residents, I did some research and found a fantastic article on this particular topic. Now I have never been in a refugee camp and from what […]

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by Jeremy Fokkens

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February 16, 2012 - 9:51 am

Vitalia Remember to Play. Fun is Free. We are printing that and putting it up. What a great reminder! Beautiful people and great capture of the place, full of energy and interaction!


May 10, 2012 - 11:52 pm

Stephanie Loewen So much story told in these posts and so proud to have such phenomenal talent here in Calgary- coupled with passion and compassion.

May 22, 2012 - 8:55 am

Brad Calkins My wife spent a year working in Dhaka at a local school in 2000, and I came with her to volunteer where I could. We will never forget the amazing hospitality of everyone we met…

March 4, 2013 - 4:07 pm

Sharon reib Remember to Play. What a life statement. I bought this photograph because it spoke to me on many levels.
I love children and their innocence. This young refugee boy seemed so happy despite his circumstances. Was he even aware that his circumstances might be construed by others as difficult?
Play is such a powerful concept. We learn through play – we grow and explore and experience and make meaning. And its free!

Thank you Jeremy
Sharon, Calgary

March 31, 2013 - 10:35 am

banazeer i love all these pictures!

January 8, 2014 - 10:09 am

Muhammad Imran Khan “Remember to Play” is the best and energetic. I am so sorry for my people stranded there and our Govt. just doing their sh***y business.

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Pabna Mental Institution.

Posted: 30 Nov 2011 01:20 AM PST The festival of Eid was just coming to an end and I thought it would be a great time to head out of Dhaka for five days and do a little exploring. I took an overnight bus from Dhaka all the way up to Tetulia which is located […]

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by Jeremy Fokkens

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February 16, 2012 - 9:54 am

Vitalia Last Image….WOW!!! Interesting topic but the light in this post is AMAZING!!!!

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rupkotha Touched, can’t express in words

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Comet […] feel ashamed to tell you that, people actually go there to see a real mad person as if it’s a  zoo, although I overheard that rules have been changed and no more public visits are allowed. Access is […]


Posted: 16 Nov 2011 08:24 AM PST Before I write anything I just want to warn EVERYONE that this particular post is EXTREMELY GRAPHIC AND CONTAINS CONTENT THAT MIGHT OFFEND SOME PEOPLE. I feel it is important for people to see these images because nothing should be censored when it comes to a countries customs […]

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by Jeremy Fokkens

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May 21, 2012 - 1:46 pm

Fokkens Again going over all these pics – your story really humanizes the whole thing. First reaction to the pics are very strong, but as you explain and add value to each picture, action it has crazily enough become one of my favorite chapters – culture shock to the max but really eye opening and informative – really enjoyed pics and the education that came with your writing – well done yet again! S

August 8, 2013 - 5:23 pm

Sandi Adams I reviewed footage taken in an Indonesian abattoir of halal slaughter of cattle. It was the most abusive process of animals I have seen. The workers did not know how to deal with large animals and did not know how to cut the correct vein to let the blood pump out swiftly. One animal got up with the flesh hanging from the neck and walked around trying to get away. One animal slipped on the blood and water soaked concrete floor, broke his leg and the workers broke his tail, gouged his eyes and beat him trying to get him into the chute for the ritual slaughter.

These pictures of the EID al-ADHA reminds me of that film. It is clear in the pictures the animals are under extreme stress and pain. In one photo in particular, the animal’s head is being twisted by one of the men and they are laughing. Another photo shows a huge gaping wound at the animals throat, but very little blood is on the ground. The men continue to restrain the animal with the gaping wound and the men seem pleased with themselves. These men do not know how to cut an animals throat or have any concern for the animals suffering and extreme pain. These cuts should be made by someone experienced in the animals anatomy and using razor sharp knives to cut through the thick skin of a cow. The knives I noticed looked like common kitchen slicing knives. Several pictures showed very large and fleshy wounds not necessary to bleed an animal. The pain had to be immense.

I am disgusted by this festival and any ritual slaughter in the name of any religion. God wanted us to be responsible for the animals and to care for them and share this beautiful earth He created for all His creatures. If the crying of all suffering animals could be heard at one time, one could hear it from any location on earth.

In the name of religion these barbaric acts are committed to remember Abraham killing a ram miraculously under his knife at the time of sacrificing his son. There is no need to continue killing animals to commemorate this event. Sacrifice is no longer recognized as appeasement to God or spirits. Christians do not celebrate Easter by crucifying a man. God is peaceful, loving all His creatures. These celebrations are barbaric and serves to desensitize people to the suffering of others.

Give food to food banks to help the poor.

The pictures are very real and gives people a chance to witness this horrible practice.
100 million animals are sacrificed in this manner at the EID al-ADHA every year.

August 8, 2013 - 5:31 pm

Sandi Adams 100 million animals a festival. I notice they are very careful skinning the corpse. Could it be for the leather or a cowhide rug to sell to tourists? What happens to all the hides?

August 16, 2013 - 10:39 pm

m looks pretty good to me, reminds me that I have to start up the grill to have my T-bones for dinner.

August 17, 2013 - 7:38 am

Sandi Adams Even though I am a vegetarian since 1985, I am not against eating meat. But I am against inhumane slaughter and torture prior to slaughter. The suffering is immense for these animals. Watch some of the videos with sound on other sites. Even the still pictures depict suffering since the animal is restrained by several men holding the animal and pulling the nose rope tight while the neck is a brutal gaping wound. Other pictures are even more disturbing. This festival breeds violence and complete approval of inflicting pain on animals and humans. I used to respect Islam, as I saw it as believing in peace and kindness. Now I believe it is a dangerous cult.

Sacrifice of animals does not gain approval from God. It never did. It was a belief that animal sacrifice could heal illness, protect one from disaster or attack, etc. This is barbaric thinking and many people die prematurely who rely on this nonsense. Muslims need to understand the emotions of animals and learn empathy to honor God and God’s creatures.

The shaved animals prior to slaughter indicate the hide is valuable and will not need hair removal, if shaved in advance.

August 18, 2013 - 12:33 pm

Sandi Adams The Koran does not sanction this cruelty to animals during this festival. As explained to me by a Muslim, now the festival is about how much money one family has to buy the biggest animal to sacrifice and create a spectacle that people will want to witness and be in awe of the family’s wealth in the name of the religion. This is not what this festival was intended to be. The leaders of Islam must enforce the laws of the Koran and criminalize the torture and disrespect for life during this festival. Islam looks like a desensitizing cult furthering violence against others due to this behavior. Islam will continue to promote violence as long as violence is part of the religious ceremonies.

February 8, 2014 - 4:53 am

sullo ka baap now these pics are telling us a wicked face of islam … we consider them untouchabe demons….. and need to kill them also.

February 17, 2014 - 2:48 pm

Jeremy Fokkens Please keep your hate filled comments to your self please and educate yourself before making any assumptions.

November 9, 2014 - 7:42 pm

christine this is why I hate most muslims. how would they like to get there throughts slit?

April 20, 2016 - 2:45 pm

Carla Why????

Ship Building And Repair Yards Part 2

Posted: 29 Oct 2011 01:48 AM PDT The ship building yards have always seems to reveal the most random situations and experiences each time I visit this place. The environment is constantly changing and my reasons for returning each time are more out of curiosity than anything. I am not trying to focus on any […]

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May 21, 2012 - 1:51 pm

Fokkens Love the pics of the boys playing, just plain old carefree joy in life. Your pics really make me think and really realize how many minsconceptions of life are out there in our lives, what truly is important when it is broken down to such simplicity in your pics – well done again. S