According to the UN special envoy for Syria, an estimated 400,000 people have been killed in the past five years of civil war. There have been thousands of deaths alone among those trying to cross the Mediterranean to safety.
War and violence damages people’s lives in unthinkable ways. It takes away basic things like shelter, food and other necessities. What if, on top of the horrors of war, you had to find a way to treat and manage your type 1 diabetes amidst the crisis?
Last year, an 11-year-old Syrian girl died after having her insulin thrown overboard a raft by smugglers, while pioneers such as Ernest Sterzer and Eva Saxl survived World War II despite having limited insulin.
As someone with type 1 diabetes myself, I can only imagine the stress, anxiety, and unwell state I would be in without regular access to insulin, syringes, or test strips. We must remember that this is reality for many people.