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eBook Six Months in Sudan: A Young Doctor in a War-torn Village ePub

by James Maskalyk

eBook Six Months in Sudan: A Young Doctor in a War-torn Village ePub
Author: James Maskalyk
Language: English
ISBN: 1847672760
ISBN13: 978-1847672766
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd; Main edition (2010)
Pages: 352
Subcategory: No category
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 557
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ePub file: 1414 kb
Fb2 file: 1693 kb

James Maskalyk set out for the contested border town of Abyei, Sudan, in 2007. The newest Medicins Sans Frontieres' doctor in the field, he arrived with only his training, full of desire to understand this most desperate part of the world. He returned home six months later profoundly affected by the experience. Six Months in Sudan is an illuminating and affecting account of saving lives in one of the most harrowing and dangerous places on Earth.
I read Six Months in Sudan before South Sudan became a separate nation and the ensuing devastation that has engulfed it since. Reading this book opened my eyes into the cultural problems that faces the medical professionals who work with Doctors Without Borders. Even in the calmer setting of this book, working in an alien culture, particularly that of the third world, presents its own problems when trying to interface with the people and belief system of that culture. Maskalyk has great empathy for his Sudanese patients and goes out of his way to try to understand them. It's a good read and gives insight into the problems facing anyone working in South Sudan.
What admiration I have for these doc. If we only had more people like this, all over the world. One person can make a tremendous difference. And what a little amount of money it would cost to wipe out some of these diseases.
This book took me on a daily basis to somewhere I could never visit, facing hardships and losses that would overwhelm me. But, he did so in an honest way that forced me ,in my comfortable existence, to face and embrace the daily struggles of those in Sudan.
Dr. James and his team, and some Sudanese patients felt like friends by the end of the book.
Very good book.
I enjoyed this story very much. Six Months in South Sudan is a tell-all account of what it is like to live and work in a humanitarian emergency. I found the book very riveting - I actually left it on a plane (ironically, on my way back from South Sudan) and re-bought the kindle version so I could finish it because I could not be left wondering how it would end! As a somewhat new aid worker myself, I could relate to this book and the situation, however I found it very informative about life in the field (providing an often sobering view of what it is really like) and the Abyei region and took with it many lessons that I myself can take to the field - as well as information about the South Sudan in general. Many thanks to Dr. Maskalyk for writing such a wonderful book!
Good insight.. Is what it is, nothing special about the writing..
Book in pristine condition. Written by Canadian volunteer with of his experiences as a doctor with Médecins san Frontières in Darfur. He gave a very engaging interview on CBC radio so purchased book for niece who has volunteered with NGO in Sudan.
Great personable read. Dr. Maskalyk reminds us that there is only one world (the world in Abyei and wherever you are is the same world).
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