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Mongolia’s child jockeys risk death to race
Khentii Province, Mongolia – “I miss everything about him. I ask why I kept sending him to race and why we taught him to ride a horse,” says P Batsaikhan, whose son, Lkhagvadorj, was seven years old when he died.
Mongolia votes in first-ever presidential runoff
Mongolians voted on Friday in the country’s first-ever presidential runoff after the first round of elections failed to produce a clear winner following campaigns tainted by corruption allegations.
Mongolia’s reindeer herders defend their way of life
In northern Mongolia, an ethnic group of reindeer herders and rangers face mutual distrust in protecting the same land.
China ‘blocks’ Mongolia border after Dalai Lama visit
Mongolia says hundreds of trucks stuck at the border after move seen as a response to Dalai Lama’s visit to Ulaanbaatar.
Fighting to breathe in Mongolia
It’s September, the morning after the first snowfall of the season, and Otgontuuya already knows that winter will be brutal. She sits on a pink plastic chair in her living room, takes off her thick jacket and breast-feeds her crying toddler. She has just gotten home, having walked across the uneven dirt roads overlooking the [...]
The USSR’s legacy in Mongolia
Mongolians are fiercely proud of their fledgling democracy. It is, they say, a sign that Mongolia is politically independent, a free nation that will not be controlled by its much discussed neighbours – Russia and China. The government – seen by many to be failing the poor, the environment, the herders, and other mainstays of [...]
Mongolia plans anti-discrimination laws
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia – The government here has embarked on a series of sweeping reforms to the country’s legal system, including provisions that aim to prevent crimes of hate, bigotry and discrimination.
Corruption and greed in ‘Minegolia’
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia – There was a time when Tugsjargal Munkherdene felt like a pariah. Not one of Mongolia’s many radio stations would air his songs; no agent was willing to help him find a gig. It seemed in a nation the size of Western Europe, there wasn’t space for a hip-hop rapper, whose harsh lyrics [...]
Nomad’s land: Herding reforms on the Steppe
Mongolia is the country of endless plains and eternal blue skies. Eighty per cent of the land area is covered by grassland, giving home to about 35 million horses, cattle, sheep, goats and camels. Half of the country’s population of 2.7 million depends on livestock production, which contributes more than 20 per cent to the [...]