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Non-governmental Organization based in United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Gaza crisis: Reaching older people affected

By Sarah Marzouk

HelpAge International and our local partners on the ground are responding to older people's most urgent needs in Gaza.

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Gaza Crisis: What is happening?

The hostilities that erupted in Gaza on 8 July have caused a humanitarian crisis affecting most of the 1.8 million people in Gaza including over 110,000 older women and men.

Over 2,000 people have been killed, the great majority of them civilians, and the data shows a disproportionately high number of older people among those who lost their lives.

Almost 273,000 people in Gaza fled their homes, the homes of 65,000 people have been destroyed or damaged beyond repair and many other people have been forced from their homes because they lie in the “no-go zone”.

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Gaza crisis: Preparing to respond to older people's needs

By Sarah Marzouk

HelpAge International is preparing to respond to the humanitarian situation in Gaza. As soon as the situation allows, we will address the immediate health and practical needs of older people affected, especially those living alone or unable to reach services.

We plan to ensure older people are referred to services provided by others, where appropriate and work with all other agencies responding in Gaza to ensure they include older people in their programmes.

Difficult to reach those affected

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Displaced and invisible in Colombia

Over 5 million Colombians are currently displaced internally due to continuing violence. Each year at least 150,000 more leave their homes. This has created the world's second largest internally displaced population.

Three of the five departments most affected by the ongoing crisis are Nariño, Valle del Cauca and Cauca, where HelpAge currently has its largest projects.

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NGOs Warn of Gaza Health Emergency

Continued military operations are compounding a health care crisis in Gaza, with hospitals ill-prepared to meet the critical needs arising from a wide-scale emergency right now. The signatory organizations are calling for an immediate ceasefire, noting that all parties must respect international humanitarian law and abide by their obligations to protect civilians from harm.