The Guardian: How the winter of ‘white death’ devastated nomads’ way of life

A lifetime of experience, years of training and a sleepless night of preparation – yet Tsedendamba’s stallion, in the fifth and prime year of its racing career, trailed across the finish line in 12th place. “Last year it came in second. This time we had the dzud, bitter winter conditions, and that’s why I didn’t push it harder in training. The horse is too thin,” said the 61-year-old herder. Mongolia’s national festival of Naadam, which saw contests in the “manly sports” of archery, racing and wrestling across the country last week, dates from before Genghis Khan’s time and celebrates the country’s fabled nomadic spirit. Almost a third of the population are herders. To read the full article & view the video, click hereHow the winter of ‘white death’ devastated nomads’ way of life

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