Six Months in Sudan

Six Months in Sudan

A Young Doctor in A War-torn Village

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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.

Baker & Taylor
A memoir of a young doctor trying to heal a village on the brink of devastation chronicles the unthinkable cost of war for one community and a man's courageous effort to bring about lasting change, in spite of the many losses he endures.

Blackwell North Amer
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.

Baker
& Taylor

A riveting memoir of a young doctor trying to heal a village on the brink of devastation chronicles the unthinkable cost of war for one community and a man's courageous effort to bring about lasting change, in spite of the many losses he endures.

Publisher: New York : Spiegel & Grau, c2009
ISBN: 9780385526517
0385526512
Characteristics: xii, 320 p. : ill., maps ; 22 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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