Russia’s war in #Ukraine has forced many older people from their homes and stolen their independence. Others cannot flee the conflict and stay in dangerous conditions.
The cost of housing and additional assistance must not be Ukraine’s alone.
The international community must provide humanitarian assistance that prioritises the inclusion of older people.
Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, which began on 24 February 2022, has been characterized by a flagrant disregard for civilian life and frequent war crimes. Ukraine, where people over 60 years old make up nearly one-fourth of the population, is one of the “oldest” countries in the world. Often reluctant or unable to flee their homes, older people appear to make up a disproportionate number of civilians remaining in areas of active hostilities, and as a result, they face a greater likelihood of being killed or injured. A new Amnesty International report shows how intersecting challenges, from disability to poverty to age discrimination, are compounded in emergency situations, putting older people at heightened risk.
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