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The influx of people has led to huge unemployment in the cities. Here, former herding families try to dig a living from the earth that will not support their animals by prospecting for scraps of gold near a small city in the south west. Most will be unsuccessful and will eventual join the others in the urban slums.<br />
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A series of vicious winters in Mongolia have devastated herds and ruined the livelihoods of traditional herders across the country. With no way to survive on the steppe, hundreds of thousands have descended on the capital, Ulan Batur, nearly doubling its population and creating a huge slum community that threatens to overwhelm available resources, including water, housing and employment.

The influx of people has led to huge unemployment in the cities. Here, former herding families try to dig a living from the earth that will not support their animals by prospecting for scraps of gold near a small city in the south west. Most will be unsuccessful and will eventual join the others in the urban slums.

A series of vicious winters in Mongolia have devastated herds and ruined the livelihoods of traditional herders across the country. With no way to survive on the...
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