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Canada in Sudan

War Without Borders

by (author) Peter Pigott

Dundurn Press
Initial publish date
Feb 2009
Canada, General, General
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An ancient Arab proverb states, "When Allah made the Sudan, he laughed." Had he known the country’s future, he would have done better to cry. To most of the world, Sudan means Darfur and the tragedy of atrocities and ethnic cleansing that has occurred there. Canada’s first involvement in Sudan was in 1884, when Canadian voyageurs were recruited to help rescue General Gordon, who was besieged in Khartoum by the Mahdi. Canada in Sudan introduces Canadians to this massive, troubled nation, telling the story from ancient times through to the modern era and the work of Canadian archaeologists, aid organizations, and Canadian Forces military observers deployed to Sudan as part of Operation Safari.

On March 30, 2007, Minister for Foreign Affairs Peter MacKay said, "Sudan is an almost perfect storm of conflict, dislocation, underdevelopment, and brutality." Perhaps he was confirming that Canada will be in Sudan for a very long time.

About the author

As the son of an airline employee, Peter Pigott grew up at the edge of airports around the world, including Santa Cruz, Bombay, London and Montreal. He attended the University of Montreal Teacher's College (B.Ed.) and Loyola College in Montreal (B.A.). and then went on to receive a M.A. from the University of Vermont in Burlington USA and a diploma in history at Oxford University in England.

Pigott joined the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs in 1978 and has served at embassies in New York, Hong Kong, Vienna and The Hague. He returned to Ottawa in 1993 and began his writing career, specializing in books about aviation.

Also by Peter Pigott: The Official History of Aviation in Hong Kong, Flying Canucks! Famous Canadian Aviators, Hong Kong Rising: The History of a Remarkable Place, Gateways: Airports of Canada, Flying Colours: Commercial Aviation in Canada, Flying Canucks II: Famous Canadian Aviators

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Editorial Reviews

"This is a book full of the kind of history they don't teach in schools."

National Post, The

It’s a book full of the kind of history they don’t teach in the Canadian school system. This is the interesting stuff. And it’s important stuff. The long relationship between Canada and Sudan has, strangely enough, had a significant impact on the development of both countries … The book is an excellent primer for anyone who wants to understand where the Janjaweed came from, or why South Sudan might become its own country … But the books is, true to its title, as much about Canada as it is about Sudan.

Ottawa Citizen, The

"[Canada in Sudan] introduces readers to Afghans and their culture, gives historical background from our involvement since 9-11, and covers operations, casualties, and the results."

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