Lack of protection of the aged during disasters
Vulnerability of the elderly during war
In 1993, as a result of increased sanctions and turbulence in the former Yugoslav republics, hyperinflation reached levels parallel only to Germany after WWI. The Serbian elderly, who in 1993 were receiving pensions of less than £3 a month (1 kg of meat cost £4 at the time), were some of the war's most vulnerable victims. Unable to live on the little money and resources they had, many of Serbia's 1.2 million pensioners were sighted picking through trash cans for rotten fruit and vegetables.