Children Under Ground
Every night 3,000 children vanish into the manholes of Ulan Bator, seeking shelter from the bitter cold. Q: "How long have you been living here? A: Two years..." When morning comes they emerge from the stinking sewers to look for food in the sweepings along the street. Urban homelessness and poverty is a new feature of this ancient nomad society; dating to the fall of the Soviet regime in 1990. For many children the impact of market reform has been devastating: "People have become more and more poor, alcoholism is widespread and there is violence in the families. This is the main reason children run away", says UNICEF. Others are orphans "My father died and so I came here". A stark Image of a vast country battered by the icy winds of change.