Kit Gillet is a freelance journalist currently based in Bucharest. His work appears regularly in the international press, for publications including The New York Times, The Guardian, The Economist, Monocle, The Financial Times, Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal and CNN.
Mongolia

In Defence of Ulan Bator

Mongolia: a capital of contradictions you don’t want to miss
Poet Fights to Maintain Mongolia’s Nomadic Culture

Poet Fights to Maintain Mongolia’s Nomadic Culture

Gombojavyn Mend-Ooyo, considered Mongolia’s poet laureate, is a proponent of holding on to the country’s nomadic culture. He has his work cut out for him.
Living on the Coal Face

Living on the Coal Face

Depressing realities of Mongolia's oldest mining town, where informal miners pull coal out of makeshift mines in -25 degree temperatures
Though Not Yet Open, a Huge Mine Is Transforming Mongolia’s Landscape

Though Not Yet Open, a Huge Mine Is Transforming Mongolia’s Landscape

While gold and copper mining have made Mongolia the world’s fastest-growing economy, they have also created some health and environmental problems in boom towns throughout the Gobi Desert.

The Way the Winds Blow

In Mongolia, the construction of wind farms means big changes for a coal-powered country.

Change at the top

The month-long wrangle over the make-up of Mongolia’s new governing coalition is almost over, but with it comes new challenges: noticeably a rise in resource nationalists itching to renegotiate lucrative mining contracts
A Shanty Home On The Range

A Shanty Home On The Range

Once a land of nomads, Mongolia is now a country where a quarter of the population lives in a single shantytown where poverty is rife and day-to-day existence is hard.
A Way of Life in Crisis

A Way of Life in Crisis

In the vast grasslands of Mongolia nomadic herders struggle to survive the bitter winters and the degradation of their pastureland. Many are giving up on the way of life that has sustained their families for generations but a few are clinging on.
Wild Horses Drag You Away

Wild Horses Drag You Away

Deep within the mountainous Hustai National Park in central Mongolia the last truly wild horse on the planet is slowly returning from the brink of extinction.
Mongolia's Release Valve

Mongolia’s Release Valve

In post-communist Mongolia youth are turning to hip hop as a way to identify with the outside world and express themselves and their country's many problems.
High cost of cashmere on Mongolia plains

High cost of cashmere on Mongolia plains

September 12, 2010 F orty-year-old Bayanmunkh has learnt the hard way about overgrazing. Riding slowly behind his herd of close to 2,000 animals across Mongolia’s arid plains, the herder reminisces about how the land has changed. “Life has become much harder today. Nature is not what it was 10 years ago; there is more and...
Freeze forces Mongolian herders off land

Freeze forces Mongolian herders off land

After a bitter winter wipes out 17 percent of the country's livestock, Mongolia's remaining pastoral herders have to decide whether they want to continue herding and what to do if they don't...or can't.