A collaboration between children’s charity War Child and agency Mother hopes to draw attention to how war robs children of the most basic of human needs: sleep. As opposed to soothing lullabies, LullaBombs uses authentic recordings of war sounds captured in conflict zones, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Ukraine, to highlight the experiences of the millions of children living in a war zone and the sounds they are forced to listen to.
The LullaBombs machine has three sound settings, each a real soundscape from modern-day warfare. LullaBombs were made available in six colors reflecting the flag colors of the conflict-affected countries where War Child conducts its work—Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Ukraine and Yemen.
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Instead of being housed in a classic nursery design, the LullaBombs machine comes in a repurposed landmine, made from recycled metal. It has a built-in light feature that projects explosions and searchlights onto the ceiling to represent the night-time experiences of children affected by war around the world.
“The campaign portrays the stark differences in children’s experiences across the world, and jars people into realizing the harsh realities for so many children living through conflict,” Oleksandra Yarova, communications officer from War Child’s Ukraine Response Team, said in a statement. “As a Ukrainian, and mother to a 9-year-old boy who had to flee our home in search of safety, I know first-hand how truly damaging war is—particularly for children.”