Entry Title: "Dzud, environmental migrants"
Category: Professional, Press
Mongolia, 3.000.000 inhabitants, almost half of them lives on top
of each other in the capital, Ulaan Baator, which hosts over 1.200.000 citizens. The climate changes this country is experiencing reinforce an already dramatic social situation and pose a serious challenge for the pride and identity of a nation which finds its roots in the nomadic lifestyle. With the Dzud, the hard Mongolian winter, becoming longer and snowier, thousands of nomad herdsmen, who saw their animals die of cold, were forced to move their Gher to migrate towards Ulaan Baator, in the slum which has developed around the city known as Gher District, from the traditional Mongolian tents the herdsmen abandoning the rural areas bring with them, being the only property they have left. Only in 2010, during one of the harsher Dzuds, 8 million animals died and 39,000 herdsmen had no choice but to migrate towards Ulaan Baator.