Through my eyes: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Children capture their city, through their eyes

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Four young photographers walk together smiling
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05 October 2019

Ulaanbaatar is the capital of Mongolia. A pulsating city of contrasts, it sits in the Tuul River valley, bordering the Bogd Khan Uul National Park.  

Originally a nomadic Buddhist centre, it became a permanent site in the 18th century. Soviet-era buildings, museums within surviving monasteries, and a vibrant conjunction of traditional and 21st-century lifestyles typify the modern city. 

four photos depicting children playing in different parts of the city of Ulaanbaatar
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Ger Districts (left) don’t have enough playgrounds. As a result, children choose to play near the traffic and then obviously car accidents happen.

 

In other areas, children walk a long way to use good playgrounds. It’s heartwarming to see the joy on their faces.

 

 

a father plays with his two children in a playground surrounded by apartment blocks
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If you stand in a place and observe the people who pass through the street for a whole day, you will meet various people who have very different lives.

 

 

Two boys on their bikes look on
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You will see a little kid trying to sell eggs in order to earn money for his family, a man doing hard labour to feed his kids, a lonely dog looking for an owner, a little girl with tears in her eyes and more.
 

a boy selling eggs through a car door
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From there I was able to understand how precious our life is.

A boy in a dumping area
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people on a dumping ground site
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We went to a dumping area. There was a boy who lives there, and he wanted us to take his picture. It was sad to see a homeless boy who lives in a dumping area. It smelled so bad around there.

I felt sad for these people. People throw away their trash where ever they want. They don’t care or consider the future or the environment for kids.

A boy pretends to breath smoke from a power station
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Kids that live in Ulaanbaatar breathe this smoke. I wish we had a chance to move it to the other side of the city.

 

 


 

Two photos of children transporting drinking water
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I pitied the children because they should be playing or enjoying their life, but they were working even though they are underage.

 

The photographers

 

Photos and names of the participating photographers
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