ULAAN BAATAR, MONGOLIA-MARCH 16 : Otgonjargal, 10, (right) sister Zulaa,18, (center) and friend Sainaa (left) sit in a freezing cold house without electricity March 16, 2010 in Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia. They spend their time on the streets, not at school. They frequent the Save The Children drop - in center on weekdays and many times stay with other street children. Mongolia suffers with a very high number of alcoholics, all consuming cheap Mongolian vodka that is readily available to the poor and the unemployed, Many Mongolians have immigrated to the capitol city from the far away provinces seeking employment, living in rented traditional circular felt yurts with no running water or electricity. The problem is severe causing the number of street children to rise, fleeing their abusive, dysfunctional homes. Some children are regularly beaten at home, and for the impoverished it is common to send the child out to make money. During the winter this means extreme hardship, the children out on the city streets are dealing with temperatures dropping as low as -25C mid- Winter. This year Mongolia has experienced the worst winter in 30 years. Presently the government has declared an emergency requiring foreign aid to alleviate the impact of the " Zud" ( Mongolian term for a multiple natural disaster) caused by bitter cold and thick snow that has effected 68% of the provinces.
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