Italian photographer Massimo Bietti travels the world capturing breathtaking photos along the way. His trademark is incredible portraits of people from the most distant corners of the globe and each tells a story about their lives. We collected a gallery of kids' portraits that reveal what childhood looks like in different parts of the world. Bietti explored countries from Russia, Norway, and India to Papua New Guinea, Ethiopia, Malaysia, Vanuatu, and many more to find these unforgettable faces and present an honest cross-cultural perspective on childhood.

Scroll down to meet these kids and get an unfiltered glimpse of what their everyday life looks like, including contrasts and similarities!

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South Sudan

South Sudan

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Mary Rose Kent
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5 months ago

This is impossibly adorable!

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We've all gone or are still going through childhood, but what these photos capture might not seem relatable. This occurs because, unfortunately, a so-called 'normal' childhood depends on where you live. In many parts of the world, children are still robbed of their childhood due to poverty, health issues, lack of education, child labor, early marriage, or violence despite many affected countries have set the well-being of their children and their brighter future as the highest priority.

According to the annual Global Childhood Report 2019, children of today have "a better chance than at any time in history to grow up healthy, educated and protected, with the opportunity to reach their full potential." 280 million children are better off today than they would have been in 2000, as the number of suffering children was reduced from an estimated 970 million to 690 million thanks to success stories of many countries that have made remarkable progress in improving children's lives. But there are still 280 million changes to be made!

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Russia

Russia

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Mary Rose Kent
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5 months ago

The clothes are definitely wearing the child here!

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India

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Guinny
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5 months ago

her eyes!

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If you enjoyed these children's photos, you might also like similar articles on Bored Panda where we highlight other utterly talented photographers who choose to document children around the world. We have recently featured a wholesome story about Bangladeshi photographer GMB Akash, who turned the lives of working kids in Bangladesh upside down by sending them to school and taking full financial responsibility for their education. He captured their transformation in powerful before and after photos.

Another Italian photographer, Gabriele Galimberti, has been visiting children around the globe to capture their portraits with their most valuable toys to illustrate that all kids find their way to play despite their diverse backgrounds and conditions. Photographer Gregg Segal shot a photo series of what kids from different cultures eat in one week and English-born photographer James Mollison photographed where kids sleep.

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Madagascar

Madagascar

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Helen Haley
Community Member
5 months ago

Portrait of joy

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Ethiopia

Ethiopia

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Norah Reilly
Community Member
5 months ago

Sibling joy, too cool.

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Russia

Russia

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Scarface's Mom
Community Member
5 months ago

teddy bear tired

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Cambodia

Cambodia

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Cat Cactus
Community Member
5 months ago

Peekaboo!

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Nepal

Nepal

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Scarface's Mom
Community Member
5 months ago

What an angel

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Ethiopia

Ethiopia

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Merrill N. Munro
Community Member
5 months ago

I love this picture! Kids like pranking the whole world around!

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South Sudan

South Sudan

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Mary Rose Kent
Community Member
5 months ago

I love the muted colors of this one

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Vanuatu

Vanuatu

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glowworm2
Community Member
5 months ago

Aw! They're so cute.

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Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea

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Ms.M.
Community Member
5 months ago

Wee warrior

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Ethiopia

Ethiopia

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Ms.M.
Community Member
5 months ago

Those eyes are mesmerizingly beautiful!

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Malaysia

Malaysia

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HIII!!!
Community Member
5 months ago

She looks like a warrior

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Cambodia

Cambodia

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Mary Rose Kent
Community Member
5 months ago

YIKES!!

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Bangladesh

Bangladesh

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Gary French
Community Member
5 months ago

This makes you ashamed when you see kids with a room full of toys and they say "I have nothing to play with!"

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Norway

Norway

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dandelion moon
Community Member
5 months ago

Those eyes tho

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Malaysa

Malaysa

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GlassHalfWay
Community Member
5 months ago

What a great smile!

Liz-ard
Community Member
5 months ago

That smile is so hartwarming!

A
Community Member
5 months ago

Such a sweet little face!

Picture Queen
Community Member
5 months ago

What a sweet face!

Merilyn Horton
Community Member
5 months ago

Sweet child.

Patty Stier
Community Member
5 months ago

Cute, sweet & precious all in one!

Carrot Stick
Community Member
5 months ago

Woah

Mary Rose Kent
Community Member
5 months ago

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But the material is definitely Thai.

Maire
Community Member
5 months ago

Very similar fabric in Southern Thai (Muslim) to Malay

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Ethiopia

Ethiopia

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glowworm2
Community Member
5 months ago

I love their outfit!

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Myanmar

Myanmar

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Mary Rose Kent
Community Member
5 months ago

This little boy’s robe indicates he is doing his monk training, as all Buddhist boys will at some point in their lives. Myanmar is a poor but beautiful country.

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Cambodia

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Scarface's Mom
Community Member
5 months ago

what a fabulous hammock

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Italy

Italy

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Mary Rose Kent
Community Member
5 months ago

Angelic!

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India

India

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Mary Rose Kent
Community Member
5 months ago

Looks like it’s Holi

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Madagascar

Madagascar

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glowworm2
Community Member
5 months ago

What a little darling.

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India

India

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Ms.M.
Community Member
5 months ago

That cloth is so pretty

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Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea

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Scarface's Mom
Community Member
5 months ago

It looks that this child's head dress is made of leaves instead of the birds of paradise feathers of which are traditionally used and thus making them dangerously close to extinction. I hope that this is true.

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Vanuatu

Vanuatu

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GlassHalfWay
Community Member
5 months ago

Cute kid with a cute pet!

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South Sudan

South Sudan

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GlassHalfWay
Community Member
5 months ago

His eyes look like they've seen some things.

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Ethiopia

Ethiopia

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sylvanticx
Community Member
5 months ago

oh wow his eyes are so pretty

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Ethiopia

Ethiopia

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Ms.M.
Community Member
5 months ago

Awesome!

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