Sunday, December 04, 2011

The most touching book I have read and seen...

I found this book on, read the description as follows, and thought 'This sounds interesting. I'll get it..'

Where Children Sleep presents English-born photographer James Mollison's large-format photographs of children's bedrooms around the world--from the U.S.A., Mexico, Brazil, England, Italy, Israel and the West Bank, Kenya, Senegal, Lesotho, Nepal, China and India--alongside portraits of the children themselves. Each pair of photographs is accompanied by an extended caption that tells the story of each child: Kaya in Tokyo, whose proud mother spends $1,000 a month on her dresses; Bilal the Bedouin shepherd boy, who sleeps outdoors with his father's herd of goats; the Nepali girl Indira, who has worked in a granite quarry since she was three; and Ankhohxet, the Kraho boy who sleeps on the floor of a hut deep in the Amazon jungle. Photographed over two years with the support of Save the Children (Italy), Where Children Sleep is both a serious photo-essay for an adult audience, and also an educational book that engages children themselves in the lives of other children around the world. Its cover features a child's mobile printed in glow-in-the-dark ink.

When I received it last week, I didn't expect that it would bring me to tears many times over as I read about the stories of children from around the world.

I will show my children this book one day as I think it is one of the best portrayals of the differents lives people live around the world, how different they are, in both a good and bad way.

Some children were born into privileged families and the places where they sleep reflect this. Then you turn the page and see a totally different photo in a totally different scenario, living in poverty and will probably continue to live in such conditions until the day they pass.

My only disappointment with the book is that there are no children featured from Malaysia.

What are the solutions to the social and economic situations these children face? I have no idea, though I wish I knew. I know there are many others who wish they knew what to do to make this world a better place too.

Til then, my prayers are with them..... always....

Thank you James Mollison for sharing these photos with us. We need to see them.

1 comment:

Nazihah Amir said...

Owh! God bless Malaysian, insya Allah.