See below a letter that ICC President Soudeh Ghasemi sent to the Canadian Ministers of Health, Foreign Affairs, and International Development asking them to help Iranians who are struggling to get access to insulin amidst a massive shortage in the country:
Dear Honourable Ministers,
My name is Soudeh Ghasemi, and I am the President of the Iranian Canadian Congress, a non-profit, non-religious, and non-partisan organization dedicated to advancing the interests of the Iranian Canadian community in Canada.
As you may know, Iran has been under suffocating sanctions imposed by the US Trump administration for years, with sanctions, only intensifying during the COVID-19 crisis. Though sanctions have always threatened Iranians' access to life-saving medication, the situation now is reaching disastrous proportions.
Earlier this week, we learned through social media that tens of thousands of Iranian diabetics cannot access life-sustaining insulin. Supplies are low, and the costs are skyrocketing.
As such, we call on the Minister of International Development, working with the Ministers of Health and Foreign Affairs, to immediately work to supply insulin to Iran. The situation is dire, and Iranians need insulin. Canada must help.
Iranian Canadian Congress