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    'Where Children Sleep': A moving look at what kids have — and lack

    A photographer spent more than three years traveling the world and getting glimpses of where all sorts of children spend the night. Here’s what he found.

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    Photographer James Mollison spent more than three years traveling the world and getting glimpses of where all sorts of children spend the night. He documented his findings in the book “Where Children Sleep,” published by Chris Boot. Here is a sampling of Mollison's images and excerpts from the captions found in his fascinating book.

    Kaya’s bedroom is lined from floor to ceiling with clothes and dolls. Kaya’s mother makes all Kaya’s dresses – up to three a month, usually.

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    Bilal’s family are Bedouin Arabs. Their home is a one-roomed shack they built themselves in Wadi Abu Hindi on the West Bank.

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    Indira, 7, Katmandu, Nepal -

    Indira's house has only one room. At bedtime, she and her brother and sister share a mattress on the floor. Indira has worked at the local granite quarry since she was 3.

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    Alyssa, 8, Harlan County, Kentucky -

    Alyssa lives with her parents in Kentucky. Their small, shabby house, heated only by a wooden stove, is falling apart.

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    Ahkohxet, 8, Brazil -

    Ahkohxet is a member of the Kraho tribe, who live in the basin of the Amazon River. There are only 1,900 members of the tribe.

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    Dong, 9, Yunnan, China -

    Dong shares a room with his sister and parents. They are a poor family who own just enough land to grow their own rice and sugar cane.

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    Anonymous, 9, Ivory Coast -

    This 9-year-old boy is a refugee from war in Liberia. He goes to a school for ex-child soldiers in Ivory Coast. An orphan, he lives in a concrete shack alongside other pupils from his school.

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    Alex, 9, Rio de Janeiro -

    Alex does not go to school but spends his time begging on the city streets. Most of the time he sleeps outside, on an empty bench or discarded sofa if he can find one – otherwise on the pavement.

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    Jaime, 9, New York City -

    Jaime lives in a top-floor apartment on Fifth Avenue. His parents also own luxury homes in Spain and in the Hamptons on Long Island.

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    Delanie, 9, New Jersey -

    Delanie lives with her parents and younger brother and sister in a large house. The children all have their own bedrooms.

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    Bikram lives in a stone house with his grandparents, aunt, uncle and two cousins in the mountainous countryside of Nepal. His parents were both killed during the civil war.

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    Tzvika, 9, the West Bank -

    Tzvika lives in Beitar Illit, a gated community of 36,000 Orthodox Jews. The average family there has nine children, but Tzvika has just one sister and two brothers, with whom he shares his room.

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    Douha, 10, the West Bank -

    Douha lives with her parents and 11 siblings in a Palestinian refugee camp in Hebron. Her brother Mohammed (pictured in the poster) killed himself and 23 civilians in a suicide-bomb attack against the Israelis in 1996.

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    Ryuta, 10, Tokyo -

    Ryuta is a champion sumo wrestler. His friends admire him because he never loses a wrestling match. Ryuta also belongs to the scout movement.

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    Li, 10, Beijing -

    Li lives in an apartment block with her parents in China. She is a perfectionist and will spend up to three hours each night completing her homework to the highest standard.

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    Joey, 11, Kentucky -

    Joey regularly accompanies his father on hunts. He owns two shotguns and a crossbow and made his first kill – a deer – at the age of 7. "Even his teddy bear was camouflaged," photographer James Mollison noted in a telephone interview.

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    Lamine, 12, Senegal -

    Lamine is a pupil at the Bounkiling village Koranic school, where no girls are allowed. At 6 every morning, the boys begin work on the school farm.

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    Prena, 14, Katmandu, Nepal -

    Prena’s room is a tiny, cell-like space at the top of the house where she is employed as a domestic worker. She goes to school three times a week – which is the main highlight in her life.

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    Rhiannon, 14, Darvel, Scotland -

    Rhiannon has had a Mohawk haircut like her parents’ ever since she was 6. She and her family and friends are part of the punk subculture and have formed a community of support where they all look out for each other.

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    Nantio, 15, Kenya -

    Nantio is a member of the Rendille tribe. She has two brothers and two sisters. Her home in Lisamis, northern Kenya, is a tent-like dome made from cattle hide and plastic, with little room to stand.

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    Kana, 16, Tokyo -

    Kana lives with four generations of her family – her sister, parents, grandmother and great-grandparents. Her passion is fashion. She and her friends have formed a club whose members' aim is to look like dolls.

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    Risa, 15, Kyoto, Japan -

    Risa lives with 13 other women in a teahouse. She and five others sleep in a room that is also used as a dining room and tea room. Risa is a 'maiko' – a young girl who has passed the test to train as a geisha.

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