NPR: Amid Economic Crisis, Mongolians Risk Their Lives For Do-It-Yourself Mining

December 1, 2016 — NPR cites The Asia Foundation’s research on Mongolia’s artisanal mining industry:

A 2014 report by the San Francisco-based Asia Foundation estimated that one in five rural Mongolians — 100,000 people — are mining coal and gold on their own to make ends meet. Such mining is legal with the proper license, but Nalaikh’s abandoned mines are filled with several unlicensed brigades that are mining illegally.