It Matters Where Children Sleep

It Matters Where Children Sleep

From Kenya to Kentucky. From cattle hide bed to pink princess bed. From 10 hour working day to beauty pageants. Meet the children of the world and their life style.

Photographer James Mollison has traveled around the world to meet different culture and to see how children were living in all these different countries. He took pictures of the children and their sleeping space, either it was a room or outside on a mattress. The pictures are now a part of his book called “Where Children Sleep”. The difference between the children’s places to live and their every day life from the different countries is shockingly different. Every child deserves a warm and nice home to grow up in, but far from everybody has that which you will see in these photos. All these photos are made using photography tutorials.

Mollison was born in Kenya but grew up in England, and now he’s working in Italy. He wanted to make other children in the world be aware of the inequality that is going on around us. If we are going to change something in this world, we need to start from our children. Something similar has been done by a teacher that wanted the children to tell her their painful stories so people could hear about them and be more aware.

Indira (7) from Nepal. She shares her mattress, which is the only one in the house, with her siblings. Since she was 3 years old she worked at the local granite quarry. She works there six hours a day when she is done with her classes at school, but she dreams about being a dancer.

Kaya (4) from Tokyo, Japan. Living with her parents in a small apartment where she has many dresses, coats, dolls and wigs. She dreams about being a cartoonist when she grows up.

Dong (9) from south-west China. Shares room with family. He loves singing and writing, and in the evenings he watches some TV and does some homework. His dream is to become a policeman.

Joey (11) from Kentucky, USA. When he was seven he shot down his first deer. He enjoys being a hunter with his dad, and he owns two shotguns and a crossbow. His pet is a lizzard which likes to sit with him and watch television in the evenings.

Jasmine (4) from Kentucky, USA. Lives with her family in a big house out on farmland. She has been in over 100 beauty pageants and has won a lot of prizes. She practices for the competitions every day with a personal trainer.

Lamine (12) from Senegal. Shares room with several other boys. Beds are uncomfortable with bricks as legs. They work every day from six a clock where they teach how to harvest, dig and plow, until afternoon when he study the Koran.

Thais (11) from Brazil. Shares her bedroom with her sister, and is used to ghetto gangs and drug use. When she grow up she would like to be a model like a lot of Brazillian girls.

Douha (10) from West Bank, Palestina. Lives in a refugee camp with her 11 siblings, and shares room with her five sisters. Her brother killed himself in a suicide attack on the Israelis.

Jamie (9) from New York. Lives in a penthouse on 5th Avenue. His dream is to become a lawyer like his father so he goes to a prestigious school where he studies finance. He also takes judo and swimming classes.

Roathy (8) from Cambodia. His mattress and home is placed on junk where his bed is old tires. The only meal he gets almost every day is breakfast. He shower with other children at a local charity center at six o clock before he heads out to work searching for cans and plastic bottles that he sells to a recycling company.

Tzivka (9) from Israeli settlement in West Bank, Palestine. Shares room with his siblings. He is not allowed to play sports or enjoy television and newspapers, so he uses a lot of his time in the library reading or playing religious computer games.

Nantio (15) from Kenya. A member of the Rendille tribe. She lives in a tent that’s made from caddle hide and plastic. She wants to get married to a moran which is a warrior, but first she will have to get circumcision. Her job every day is to look after the goats and chop wood.

A homeless boy from Rome, Italy. Their home is outside on a mattress. The boy and his family has no identity papers so they can’t get real jobs. His parents clean car windscreens and no one has an education.

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  1. johhny
    July 16, 2011 @ 3:28 am

    USA children have no charm (at last the ones who appear here)

  2. Sara
    July 16, 2011 @ 10:26 pm

    I would love to see some images of the millions of children who are homeless or living in poverty in America. If you didn’t realize there were any, as the children who are depicted here, appear to be spoiled and wealthy.

    If you think that America consists of only wealthy people, who have beds to sleep in every night, think again.

  3. alez
    July 19, 2011 @ 9:46 pm

    If you mean the continent i think you are right… and their extreme poverty is mainly due to unfair distribution of wealth, wich is well portrayed here.

  4. Tess Elliott
    July 24, 2011 @ 10:24 pm

    I agree that the depiction of American children is biased. There are rich and poor everywhere, and I saw plenty of homeless teens in Rome to make me sad. There are also plenty of poor Japanese families where you wouldn’t see such a display of material wealth. We should embrace all children’s welfare. Some of the most troubled are from wealthy families–I have seen plenty of nannies in the park who look at their little wards as if they were reptiles. But it is true that the worst poverty should not exist. I grew up in a poor family but never knew it until I got to school–because we had enough and didn’t live in front of a TV set. We all need to open our hearts and fight being judgmental.

  5. Tal
    July 24, 2011 @ 11:26 pm

    The pictures posted here are clearly meant to show the shocking difference in lifestyle between different countries but at the very least the picture posted here show a bias in opinion. There is inequality all over the world and showing so few children misrepresents the entire population of an entire country and is misleading rather than informative.

  6. Kimberly
    August 4, 2011 @ 6:19 pm

    It would have been nice if you’d shown some typical US kids’ bedrooms instead of searching out the wealthier families. Way to skew the picture.

  7. Natalie
    August 6, 2011 @ 7:17 pm

    neat idea, but you lost me in the BS.

  8. luz
    September 28, 2011 @ 7:20 pm

    this whole thing is totally incomplete. what is the message here? There is poverty all over the world, even America.

    There are 45 million Americans without health insurance. Many low income families rely on food stamps to survive. The children depicted here do not represent the entire population.

    Also don’t understand why these specific countries were depicted and not others? Why not represent the whole world?

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