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Blood, Slums, and Snow

by Will Wlizlo


Tags: Mongolia, Ulan Bator, winter, photo essay, poverty, squalor, alcholism, Alessandro Grassini, environment, Will Wlizlo,

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Think your life is tough? Try dragging a dead sheep across the frozen tundra on a makeshift wooden sled. Foreign Policy shows life on Mongolia’s barren landscape during dzud—or severe winter conditions—in a bitterly cold and impossibly bleak photo essay. Photographer Alessandro Grassani chronicles the rampant alcoholism and ubiquitous squalor of Mongolia’s capitol city, Ulan Bator, and the hardscrabble subsistence lifestyle of those from its surrounding provinces.

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Source: Foreign Policy 

Images courtesy of Alessandro Grassini and LUZphoto.