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Disorientation

by Tsemdo Thar

Shaghya village, Quinghai province

Among melting glaciers and barren mountains, on ground cracking from the absence of rain, the Tibetan nomads are running out of pasture to raise their livestock.

 

They claim that the traditional nomadic lifestyle is endangered, as a result of climate change. The government on the other hand, argues that the desertification of the Tibetan Plateau is a result of the nomads overgrazing the grassland.

 

A program was initiated to make the nomads reduce their livestock and relocate to a centralised community.

 

Even though the government provide compensation, the majority of the nomads remain in their original location. For them, moving means giving up the tradition and culture of how they were born and raised.

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