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Each month, about one million people cross through checkpoints like Stanytsia Luhanska in east Ukraine. More than half are older people traveling into areas under Ukrainian control to collect social benefit payments. Between January and early April, according to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), at least 19 people died while crossing these checkpoints, mostly older people with heart-related complications. Spend an hour in Stanytsia Luhanska and it becomes clear just how arduous these requirements are for older people. Dozens pass by in wheelchairs, while others can walk only with crutches, walkers, or canes. Some people pay up to 200 hryvnia (about US$7.60) to be ferried one half of the journey in hand-pushed carts – no small price for someone on a pension of 2000 hryvnia (US$76). Of the 15 people Human Rights Watch interviewed there in May, nine had mobility issues. Eleven said they had experienced some kind of health emergency – often fainting or spikes in blood pressure – while crossing before.

Special Feature: https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/06/14/money-slipped-through-my-fingers-water



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[1]“Money Slipped through My Fingers Like Water” | Discrimination against War-Zone Pensioners in Eastern Ukraine | HRW .... https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/06/14/money-slipped-through-my-fingers-water