Six Months in Sudan: A Young Doctor in a War-Torn Village

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Doubleday Canada, Limited, Apr 13, 2010 - Abyei (Sudan) - 354 pages
"A rare window on the inner life of an aid worker, on what it means to be a humanitarian around the hard edges of war, and on the certain drive to go on." James Orbinski, author of An Imperfect Offering

In 2007 James Maskalyk set out for the contested border town of Abyei, Sudan, a doctor newly recruited by Médecins Sans Frontières', his days spent 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 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.

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As someone with a long-time interest in Africa and the turmoil that plagues so many nations on that continent, I found this memoir inspiring as well as troubling. Individuals who take on the ... Read full review

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This book was very engrossing, heart-breaking, and disturbing. I read this book because I was interested in knowing more about Doctors Without Borders. My knowledge bank has been sated after reading ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

James Maskalyk practices emergency medicine and is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine.


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