In China’s Inner Mongolia, mining spells misery for traditional herders

by Simon Denyer

A few years after the smelter, seen in the background, opened, herders in the area said that their sheep began falling sick, with jaws so painful that they could not eat. Soon, thousands of their animals had died. When they complained, the government simply arrested five of their leaders and forced the others to resettle in the nearby city of Holingol, demolishing their original homes.