More than 150 students have been studying Islamic texts free of charge at this privately funded school.
Photographer Samsul Alam Helal offers the residents of Dhaka a way to escape their long days of factory work.
Many of the shanties were empty at the time of the blaze, as residents left the city to visit their families for Eid.
In Dhaka last week, Chobi Mela resonated with Alam’s call for collective resistance under authoritarian regimes.
"Our teams are working there, but many of the recovered bodies are beyond recognition.”
University of Toronto student Tahmid Hasib Khan helped save people in the 2016 Dhaka cafe massacre. He's telling his story for the first time.
Bangladesh's most densely populated city also boasts its highest concentration of killer death, black, and thrash metal bands.
The three suspects – believed to be behind the attack in an embassy area which left 22 dead – were holed up in a residence on the capital's outskirts.
On Thursday, the two men appeared in court as suspects in the massacre claimed by the Islamic State that left 22 people — mostly foreigners — dead.
The four women, aged 18 to 30, are suspected of plotting a separate attack. Investigators say they found large quantities of grenade-making materials, crude bombs and jihadi books in a house being rented by the women.
The baker was mistakenly shot by police during the military operation intended to free those being held captive during the 12-hour siege at the bakery in Dhaka this past Saturday.
Attacks motivated by religious extremism have not sprouted up overnight in Bangladesh, but the Dhaka massacre on July 1 raised the scale of the killing. IS has claimed responsibility.