HelpAge International I
Darfur, Sudan, September 2004
In Darfur, Western Sudan 1.2 million people have been forced out of their homes, leaving all possessions behind. They are fleeing from an orchestrated campaign of violence, abuse and rape.
Some have sought security in refugee camps such as El Riyad near Geneina. Women and children make up the vast majority of people in this camp; there are very few men. HelpAge International staff on the ground estimate that approximately ten percent of those in the camp are older people, mainly older women.
Their needs are very often neglected by other aid agencies. HelpAge is trying to address the specific needs of the elderly in the context of the emergency as well as develop long term solutions for community reintegration and support.