“Air, soil and water pollution, congestion, stress, disease, short-sighted planning, and corruption caused by over-concentration in Ulaanbaatar city have caused many problems, while the rural areas are depopulating. This article was written to draw the government's attention to rural areas, and secondly, to convey the advantages of living in rural areas.
When I visited the capital city of Ulaanbaatar, I personally felt the consequences of many problems caused by over-urbanization. When people go to rural areas, it’s common for them to say that there are no jobs and they don’t see the advantages of rural areas. After observing this situation, my fellow reporter Odonchimeg and I decided to write this article together.
Traveling together to create the first photo essay for Global Press Journal created a memorable life story for us — the perspective of our sources, their attitudes, insights, skills, and life wisdom left a valuable legacy. We traveled about 5,000 km by car for a month and a half to beautiful places in nature. When I was sitting in the mud while traveling on a long road, I met local people, helped out and had fun. Throughout this journey, GPJ’s Duty of Care program benefited us greatly.” — Dolgormaa Sandagdorj, Reporter