Six Months in Sudan

Six Months in Sudan

A Young Doctor in A War-torn Village

Book - 2009
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“People are hungry to be brought closer to the world, even its hard parts. I went to Sudan, and am writing about it again, because I believe that which separates action from inaction is the same thing that separates my friends from Sudan. It is not indifference. It is distance. May it fall away.”

In 2007 James Maskalyk set out for the contested border town of Abyei, Sudan, as a doctor newly recruited by Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders). Equipped with his experience as an emergency physician in a downtown hospital and drawn to the hardest parts of the world, Maskalyk spent his days treating malnourished children, coping with a measles epidemic and watching for war. Worn thin by the struggle to meet overwhelming needs with few resources, he returned home six months later more affected by the experience, the people and the place than he had anticipated.

Six Months in Sudan began as a blog that Maskalyk wrote from his hut in Sudan in an attempt to bring his family and friends closer to his hot, hot days. It is the story of the doctors, nurses and countless volunteers who leave their homes behind to ease the suffering of others, and it is the story of the people of Abyei who suffer its hardship because it is the only home they have. With great hope and insight, Maskalyk illuminates a distant place and chronicles the toll of war on one community, one man, and the cost of it to all of us.

Publisher: [Toronto] : Doubleday Canada, c2009
ISBN: 9780385665957
Characteristics: xii, 339 p. : ill., maps ; cm

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Mar 01, 2014

This is a biographical book about the young doctor serving with the MSF organization in one of the very hard, very hot, desert places of Sudan..He worked in the Sudanese hosptial, and describes his experiences there..The situation is very precarious there, war-torn, with some refugess returning.. This book is helpful to understand the hardships of working in this place, with no X-rays, lack of many medical tests, lack of resources, etc.. Everyone does the best he/she can, including the logistics people, and other specialties that make the humanitarian work move along.. This author writes in his own original style.. He includes the blog he ran during the time he was there.. I recommend this book, if you want to understand the situation in Sudan and the work done by the humanitarian organizations, to understand the Sudanese people, etc.. Yet, be forewarned, I found that this writer is not always easy to read, nor understand.. He needs to grow and improve as a writer, to be better at description and telling stories, etc... This is his first book, and he obviously had put in much effort and deserves the grace....

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