La Revue des Ressources

Ulaan Ulaan 

dimanche 21 juillet 2013, par Fred Griot, Matteo Gozzi (Date de rédaction antérieure : 17 septembre 2013).



ligne de collines et ciel

froid bleu


on devine derrière

qui vivent

steppes autres collines steppes et vents

au-delà d’Ulaan

ceux qui là

qui vivent

exode exile exit


bleues les collines et





et la terre

et au-delà

là présentes derrière


steppes collines nues

ligne des collines nues


où vivent

qui ont quitté l’horizontal des vents

des steppes

l’espace la largeur le large le vaste

l’ouate des feutres

l’odeur du mouton et canasson

cuir crotte herbes


le dense vertical moellons

l’étroit la fumée fossile le bitume la boue

les jours s’en vont comme des chevaux sauvages dans les collines disait



qui vivent



où es-tu

où es-tu terre gelée


herbes herbes herbes

qui sont

en nous



où es-tu terre gelée

qui est




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The UB Borderline reportage investigates the periurban areas of the Mongolian capital city laying the gaze where the relation between human and environment becomes manifest. The borderline is meant both as geographical and social, as they usually match. These areas are the result of recent urban immigration stirred by climate change, desertification and new social models.

Recent urban immigration in the capital city of Mongolia brought to the formation of periurban areas with high level of unemployed and high poverty income levels. In this contest, kids are often forced to work and many do not attend school.

The periurban areas, called “Gers District”, have developed without a planned strategy or infrastructural services as roads, water, electricity, sewers. At the beginning nomads settled with their Yurts, and this has been their luck compared with other cities slums, but now many are building houses.

In December the outside temperature it is normally around -30 Celsius. Coal or wood, which is very expensive, are the only heating sources for all the periurban areas of UB. Air pollution caused by the smoke of burned coal of the four power plants and of the stoves of Gers often causes pulmonary diseases.

Poverty brought around 300 people, of which almost 50 are children from 5 to 18, to live collecting and differentiating waste in the garbage dump. 100 of them have their homes build in the dump.

4 people can live in a 2,50 x 3 meters home made of wood, plastic and bed nets.

Malnutrition, lack of hygiene and pollution are the main causes of TB. Therefore TB disease is closely connected with social welfare.

Matteo Gozzi

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