Children Under Ground

The children living in the sewers of Mongolia's cities

Children Under Ground Urban poverty is a new feature of Mongolia's ancient nomad society, dating to the fall of the Soviet regime in 1990. For many children the impact of market reform has been devastating.
Every night 3,000 children vanish into the manholes of Ulan Bator, seeking shelter from the bitter cold. When morning comes they emerge from the stinking sewers to look for food in the sweepings along the street. "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.

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