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Death and despair in sanctions hit Cuba | Letters

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My late husband, Roberto Molina Rivero, was a choreographer and dance poet, he had dual nationality and was type 1 diabetic. He died in Havana in February.

In January I tried to send insulin to Cuba due to the insulin shortage. DHL did not deliver this package and returned it with the words “United States Sanctions on Cuba” scrawled on the label. This matter is being investigated by the Department of International Trade. Medicines are exempt from embargo. However, companies are reluctant to bring medical products to Cuba.

Cuba is in a sorry state: the current demonstrations are a sign of despair (Editorial, July 14). The government denies it. Roberto was given a prescription for insulin. He went from pharmacy to pharmacy in Havana but found none. He died in the hospital from diabetic ketoacidosis. The combination of U.S. sanctions on Cuba, Cuba’s mismanagement of scarce resources, and the Covid-19 pandemic is a deadly concoction.

Roberto would have hated to be defined as the man who died from lack of insulin. It is necessary to act in Cuba, and internationally, to ensure that this is not the fate of many others.
Kathryn riley
London

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