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Diabetic refugees from Sudan struggle to keep their insulin cool

Sudanese refugees struggle desperately to protect their medicines.

Brutal clashes between the Sudanese army and a paramilitary group, which included tank battles in densely populated areas and airstrikes by fighter jets, left the country in a terrible state, causing deaths, serious unrest and damage to public spaces.

The conflict between the army and the paramilitary Rapid Reaction Forces (RSF) since mid-April has left people struggling for clean water and electricity as unrest rocks the country.

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But the biggest challenges are faced by patients in the country who are unable to obtain the necessary basic drugs and facilities.

According The GuardianIce packs and wet towels have become emergency lifelines for Sudanese diabetics struggling to keep their insulin cool while waiting in extreme heat as they try to escape recent violence.

Insulin, a vital medication for many diabetics, must be kept cool to remain effective. But the fighting has forced hospitals and pharmacies to close, and cold stores have been damaged.

“It was very stressful because my sister and I are insulin dependent. I am type 1 diabetic and having working insulin is really essential for me. My whole body was shutting down because we didn’t have enough food for the kids and we had to ration ourselves,” Arwa Zaki Mustafa told the outlet.

“At the border, we were stuck outside for 12 hours, and that’s when I realized my gel was starting to melt. We were there for 27 hours and there wasn’t much water but what I found was that I used to wet towels to wrap the insulin and try to protect from the sun,” she said.

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