Faces of Mongolia
Outside of the main cities, the nomadic way of life still predominates, as it had for the past 3000 years. People tend to live very close to nature, in a relationship of dependance and interdependance. The climate on the steppes is harsh, with scorching summers and freezing winters, with temperatures dropping to -40˚C. Their livestock is a literal lifeline, providing milk, food, wool and labour, needless to say, a large portion of nomadic life is dedicated to caring for their livestock, horses, sheep, goat, cows or yaks and camels. Subsistence farming, whilst possibly a ‘romantic’ notion, is a harsh reality and the numbers of nomads are dropping, with the younger generation being lured by the bright lights and opportunities of the city.