My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Mongolian horseman abandon nomadic life because of harsh winters....

Gee, don't they know the world is heating up???
The blockbuster movie, Mongol, depicts the skilled horsemen who helped their leader, Genghis Khan, build one of the greatest empires the world has seen.

But the lifestyle of today's Mongolian horseman - and other nomadic herdsmen - is under threat. A succession of climactic disasters in the last 10 years has forced 500,000 of them abandon a nomadic lifestyle that has remained almost unchanged for centuries and to look instead for a new life in the cities.

Mongolia is one of the toughest places on earth to live and can boast the coldest capital - Ulaanbaatar - on the planet. Temperatures drop to at least -30C in winter. The country is frozen from November to March.

But four climactic disasters, known as 'dzuds', since 1999 have made life almost impossible for even the toughest of Mongolia's nomadic people who roam over a country three times the size of France. Three particularly harsh winters since 2000 have killed a third of the nation's livestock.

In 2001, the temperature dropped to a record-breaking -57C. Some 15,000 herders lost all of their animals through starvation and cold, and with them, their money and food. More than a quarter of the 2.6m population has left the vast rural areas, where herdsmen have lived since before Ghengis Khan's empire was established in the 13th century, and have fled in desperation to the cities.


Blogger Eowyn said...

Hello, GayandRight -- your site was one on a list Blazing Cat Fur left while on light blogging, and this post snared me.

My oldest daughter is right now, as we speak, photographing said herdsmen as part of a college course. (She attends Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia, and the course is being run through the auspices of the University of Colorado/Boulder.) She's been there since July 1 -- due to come home July 18. Communication has been spotty, at best. Mom-wise, it's been excruciating, LOL.

But she has been maintaining a blog about the trip, so if you're interested, check out

Plus, you've inspired me to post this link -- thanks so much!

Great blog you've got!

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