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Where Children Sleep: Peek Into Kids' Bedrooms Around the World

Looking for a little perspective for your kids about how the rest of the world lives? Check out this gallery of children’s sleeping spaces all over the planet. The project was created with the support of Save The Children and published in a book by American journalist Chris Booth and photographer James Mollison. The range is pretty mind-blowing: You’ll see a girl with a room full of crowns and a boy whose home is a trash heap.

Most of us live such homogenous lives, and still find ourselves jealous of those with slightly more than us. This photo series really drives home the relativity of the comforts we call home and the lives children lead. Mollison hopes his photos will help children (and presumably, their parents) to think about inequality.

The bedroom above belongs to four year-old Kaya, who lives in Tokyo. See a bigger photo and more kids’ bedrooms after the jump.

Kaya’s dresses are all made by her mother. She has 30 of them, along with 30 pairs of shoes and a number of wigs. When she grows up, Kaya wants to be a cartoonist.

Joey is 11 and lives in Kentucky. He loves to hunt and killed his first deer at the age of seven. Lately he has become tired of hunting with guns and wants to start using his crossbow for the next hunting season. Joey believes in eating the animals he hunts, not killing just for sport.

This boy lives in a field outside Rome. His family moved there from Romania and cannot find jobs due to lack of documentation. His parents wash windshields at stoplights to buy money for food.

Tzikva is nine and lives in an Israeli Orthodox Jewish settlement in the West Bank. He shares this room with two brothers. His community does not allow newspapers or televisions. He wants to be a rabbi when he grows up.

Douha is 10 and also lives in the West Bank, in a Palestinian refugee camp with her parents and 11 brothers and sisters. Her brother Mohammed killed himself and 23 civilians in a suicide bombing in 1996. The Israeli military destroyed her family’s home after the attack.

Jasmine, known as “Jazzy”, lives in a large house in Kentucky with her parents and three brothers. She sleeps surrounded by crowns and sashes she has won in beauty pageants. She works on her routines with a trainer daily, and hopes to be a rock star when she grows up.

Roathy lives in Cambodia. His home is on a huge garbage dump. His bed is made from old tires. He spends his days scavenging for cans and bottles, and often only eats one meal per day: breakfast.

Jamie lives in a penthouse on Park Avenue in New York City with his parents and two younger siblings. He goes to private school and enjoys judo and swimming in his spare time. He also likes to study finance. He is nine.

Indira lives with her parents, sister and brother in Nepal. She is seven. Their home has one room; the three children sleep on a mat on the floor. She works six hours a day on a quarry along with 150 other children. She wants to be a dancer when she grows up.

Here’s some more info about the project. You can buy the book: Where Children Sleephere.

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