Its pretty remarkable to see the differences in living conditions of people from around the world. Kids in poor countries live in conditions that make
you wonder how they manage to survive to adulthood while kids in developed countries live in such splendor, we should almost be ashamed at living in
such luxury while others are struggling so badly.
My Modern Met
Portraits of Children Around the World and Where They Sleep
Where Children Sleep is an eye-opening project by photographer James Mollison that takes a look at children from all across the globe and the diverse
environments they go to sleep in. The series presents a portrait of each child or adolescent accompanied by a shot of their bedrooms. While some have
a bounty of possessions and a lavish bed to rest their head on at night, the images reveal that some are not as fortunate.
Mollison gives an intimate perspective of these children, offering some sense of their lifestyle through their personal bedroom. At times, though, it
can be difficult to even refer to the space they sleep in as a bedroom as there is no actual bed. In the case of Bilal, a 6-year-old Bedouin shepherd
boy, the young boy is left to sleep "outdoors with his father's herd of goats." Alternatively, 4-year-old Kaya in Tokyo is adorned in frilly dresses
that her mother spends $1,000 on every month, which is reflected in the abundance of toys and luxury items that fill her room.
Bilal, 6, Wadi Abu Hindi, The West Bank
This kid from Palestine lives in conditions worse than most barn animals. No real walls and exposed to the elements, its no wonder so many grow up to
be suicide bombers and terrorists. When you have nothing to lose, blowing yourself up for the cause seems a small price to pay.
Indira, 7, Kathmandu, Nepal
Dirt floors and a thatched roof. It looks pretty primitive but, at least she has a bed with some pretty cozy looking comforters. I'll bet a lot of
people around the world lived in homes just like this before the invention of all of our modern conveniences.
Dong, 9, Yunnan, China
Pretty spartan by our standards but, at least he has a bed and chair and a roof and walls to keep out the elements. Of course, no Chinese kid's room
would be complete without a cool poster of their version of a rock star; Chairman Mao!
Kana,16, Tokyo, Japan
Here's one from the opposite end of the spectrum showing a pretty well off kid from Japan. Loads of toys and stuffed animals hanging from the walls
with a nice sized library of books to boot.
And, last but not least, here's how your average American kid lives:
Joey, 11, Kentucky, USA
Loads of guns and camo everywhere! 'Merica, HECK YEAH!
The Duck Dynasty guys must be proud.
To be fair, they do have other pics of American kids and their rooms so they don't make us all look like gun nuts. Still, it really make it look
awesome to be an American.
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