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

Michela Wrong writes:

Maskalyk is a natural and fluent writer. Based on a blog – the first by an MSF doctor – his writing is vivid, impressionistic and off-the-cuff. Reading it is rather like sitting through an episode of ER. You marvel at the responsibility placed on these brave volunteers, summoned from their tukuls in the early hours to deal with the victims of a marketplace shooting. You shudder vicariously at the pus and the gore, delivered with a just manageable dose of medical jargon. You share Maskalyk’s sense of defeat as he calls time over the body of yet another emaciated Sudanese mother who has failed to survive childbirth, and his sense of release as he unwinds with his equally exhausted peers, gazing at the stars.

(LRB 11 February 2010)

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