With immense open spaces and sparse population, the beautiful country of Mongolia still holds the intrigue of “the frontier”. Spectacular landscapes make way for a land of horses, sheep, goats, camels and yaks, all managed by nomadic families that roam the fence-less country, in search of pasture.
With the collapse of the Soviet Union, Mongolia gained independence in 1990, and was suddenly on its own, faced with new challenges of building government administration, structure and services. The factories were abandoned, the collective farms collapsed, and virtually the entire nation became unemployed overnight. Many families returned to the time-honoured ways of their ancestors and took up herding. However, the traditional diet was inadequate and as a result, people, especially children, began suffering from immune deficiency diseases.