“I don’t know how old I am – I know I was born around the time of independence in 1960. I suppose that would make me about 50 years old.”
Fatuma is sitting on the dried-out mud floor of her home in Diema, southern Mali.
Her face is lit up by the bright sunlight pouring through the straw walls.
Knowledge and tradition
So often the elderly are forgotten in crises – yet older people play crucial roles in communities facing disaster.
Many grandparents care for children and often continue to support the family’s income in their old age.