Brian Sokol/UNHCR

Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh

Fifteen year old Jamir with his dog Shirkari, outside of the small shop his family run in a refugee settlement in southern Bangladesh. 'Shikari is the most important thing that came from Myanmar, because he is my best friend and my protector', says Jamir. 'If I'm in a crisis, maybe no one will come to help me, but Shikari will always come.' Jamir, whose family fled Myanmar 28 years ago, was born in the settlement and has never set foot in Myanmar. He first saw the dog last autumn, shortly after it arrived from Myanmar with a Rohingya refugee. When the animal approached him and sniffed his foot, Jamir threw a piece of food. After the dog sprang into the air to catch it, Jamir named him Shikari, which means 'Hunter'. The young man and his dog have been inseparable ever since. Shikari even sleeps outside of the door to the family shop where Jamir spends the night. 'Shikari and I will go home to Myanmar, inshallah', he says.

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Cox's Bazar
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