Mongolia was once solely a land of nomadic communities moving from location to location, depending on the season. One tribe that has lived in the isolated mountains in the north of the country for generations is the Tsaatan.
Since the days of Genghis Khan, nomads have lived in gers, a traditional Mongolian round tent, but as extreme weather threatens this Mongolian traditional lifestyle, many are moving to the capital city, Ulaanbaatar. Last year, a UNICEF report called air pollution in Ulaanbaatar a child health crisis. The organization says it puts every child and pregnancy at risk and has led to more stillbirths, pneumonia and bronchitis. For VOA, Libby Hogan looks at solutions in this report from Ulaanbaatar.
Mongolia's most famous horse festival is being celebrated across the country, but in the background, rights groups are concerned about the rise performance-enhancing drugs, harsh handling of horses and a lack of enforcing safety protection for child jockeys.