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

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Random House Publishing Group, May 26, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 336 pages
An inspiring story of one doctor’s struggle in a war-torn village in the heart of Sudan

In 2007, James Maskalyk, newly recruited by Doctors Without Borders, set out for the contested border town of Abyei, Sudan. An emergency physician drawn to the ravaged parts of the world, Maskalyk spent six months treating malnourished children, coping with a measles epidemic, watching for war, and struggling to meet overwhelming needs with few resources.

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 experiences on the medical front line of one of the poorest and most fragile places on earth. 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 endure its hardship because it is the only home they have.

A memoir of volunteerism that recalls Three Cups of Tea, Six Months in Sudan is written with humanity, conviction, great hope, and piercing insight. It introduces us to a world beyond our own imagining and demonstrates how we all can make a difference.
 

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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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Dr. James Maskalyk is an assistant professor in the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine and a founding editor of the medical journal Open Medicine. He lives in Toronto.

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