The Chronicle Herald: Naran envisions bright future as Mongolia comes out of dark times

Naran Munkhbat roamed the seedy bars and hotel lobbies of Hong Kong looking for her peo­ple. It was 2008, and the universi­ty-educated women’s rights worker dressed like the young Mongolian women selling them­selves to businessmen and for­eign tourists. “For two months, I was getting nowhere and started to get de­pressed,” said Naran, 27, on Thursday. Like the 60 per cent of her country’s population under 30 years old, Naran was born into uncertainty. The communist government that had ruled her nomadic peo­ple for 70 years struggled through the 1980s and finally collapsed in 1990. Brutal winters and low livestock prices drove Mongolia’s nomadic herders into the Central Asian country’s two main cities. With little work and little opportunity in a country clawing its ways through the 1990s, thousands of girls fell prey to rose-coloured offers of jobs in neighbouring countries. To read the full article, click hereNaran envisions bright future as Mongolia comes out of dark times

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