It’s World Habitat Day today! Each year we reflect on the importance of the basic human right to adequate shelter reminding the world of its responsibility for the habitat of future generations.
Due to global warming, the water in the Sam Dzong area is very scarce and the local farmers of the former Mustang kingdom, couldn’t irrigate their fields and struggled to feed their families. As a consequence, the inhabitants of Sam Dzong village had to leave their homeland near the Tibetan border, where they lived for generations, in search for a new home with all their goods and chattels in a modern-day exodus.
Photographed over a period of time until 2015 Manuel Bauer captures the story of climate change and people affected and also gets involved in their resettlement.
Terraced fields in Nepal. 2011
The families of Sam Dzong village discuss their future. 2011
View from a meditation cave, Mustang, Nepal. 2010
Thanks to the generosity of the «King of Mustang» these climate refugees have a new home, Namashung, a 10 hectare big lowland, on the shore of a small river, one hour ride from Lo Mathang, the capital city of Mustang. 2011
The new land is three hours walk from Sam Dzong. 2013
The village Tschuksang among irrigated green fields, on Kali Gandanki mountain. 2008
In the picture, flags are hung after the inauguration celebration of the new village. 2015
Villagers use materials collected in the natural environment to whitewash the newly built houses. 2015
Namashung villagers paint the newly built houses with traditional colors. 2015
Each of the 18 families received a furnace for the new house. 2015
A horse race is held during the inauguration of the new Namashung village. 2015
A herder with goats. 2013
An arid landscape in Mustang, Nepal, which doesn't see much rain. 2011
Women prepare themselves for the inauguration celebration of the newly built village. 2015
Monks from Lo Mathang inaugurate the new village Namashung. 2015