Darfur conflict

What's happening in Darfur?

The conflict in Darfur has been going on for over seven years. Some 2.7 million people are thought to have been displaced and a further estimated two million, such as host communities flooded with refugees, have been affected.

Those displaced lack shelter, food and jobs and have sought security in temporary camps. Approximately 8% of these are older people.

Older people's needs

Older people in camps are rarely included in humanitarian relief programs.Those who are less mobile cannot reach food distributions. The camps do not provide any treatment for age-related ailments such as eye problems.

What is HelpAge doing?

HelpAge is working in 12 camps for internally displaced people in North and West Darfur. We help to provide age-friendly healthcare and have set up mobile eye care clinics.

We also provide shelter, help older people to get work, offer literacy programmes and organise cultural activities.

These activities promote dialogue between young and older people and strengthen bonds between different age and gender groups.

Our impact so far

In 2009-2010, HelpAge helped more than 32,000 older people, children in their care and their families.

As well as continuing to help host communities and internally displaced people retuning to their homes, we have:

  • built 927 individual shelters and 241 family shelters for extremely vulnerable older people. Up to 670 young people who were involved in building the shelters benefited from the food for work scheme.
  • trained 54 tutors (30 older people and 24 young people) to conduct literacy and numeracy sessions, which up to 1,868 students have attended (908 were older people).
  • involved 1,275 older people in income generating activities, which took place at 17 older people's social centres. We also encouraged a total of 500 young people and 240 older people to participate in sports activities.
  • run five life skills sessions for older and younger generations. These dealt with topics such as hygiene and nutrition promotion, children's rights, HIV and AIDS prevention and assistance to people living with HIV and AIDS, animal care and agricultural best practices. An estimated 7,115 people took part in these sessions.

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