A tense situation connected to military conflict in the eastern part of Ukraine led to an upsurge in civilian casualties and a worsening security situation for people living along or near the contact line as well as at checkpoints. This, coupled with the suspension of social benefits and pensions for hundreds of thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs), many of whom constitute older people and people with disabilities, has led to a sharp deterioration in the humanitarian situation in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts.
The crisis in Eastern Ukraine has significantly affected the entire population of the Donetsk oblast. However, given the pre-existing vulnerabilities and a demographic make-up of the buffer zone locations, older women and men have been particularly affected.
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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY – KEY FINDINGS
Most of South Sudan is in the grip of a protracted humanitarian crisis fueled by years of chronic underdevelopment, conflict and natural disasters. In December 2013 political conflict erupted into abrupt clashes in Juba, which quickly spread across the country. A total of 1.5 million South Sudanese have been displaced and 2.5 million people are currently facing a food crisis.
Since the crisis that broke out in December, 2013 in South Sudan, 1.3 million people are estimated to remain internally displaced across the country and just 449,000 people have fled the violence to neighboring countries (Uganda 121,600, Kenya 42,700, Ethiopia 185,000 and Sudan 90,300). There are currently over 95,000 IDPs sheltering in nine UN bases across South Sudan. This translates to one in seven people in South Sudan have been displaced from their homes since conflict began.
Niger is facing the risk of a new food crisis that will affect up to 50% of its 15.5 million population. As humanitarian actors prepare to mitigate and respond to this potential crisis HelpAge has produced this age focused secondary data review (SDR) in order to highlight the situation of older people in the country and to ensure that the international humanitarian community do not overlook their needs. With over 1 million older people in Niger (50+) age-related needs must be integrated into all areas of response including: