Universidad Simón Bolívar
Nombre: Gabriela Gonzalez P Carnet: 08-10471
After reading Girl’s at War and Refugees Mother and Child, What impression do you get of Biafran War which took place in Nigeria between 1962 and 1970?
Every war is devastating and The Biafran War, which took place in Nigeria between 1962 and 1970, isn’t the exception to this. This war was a political conflict caused by the attempted secession of the southeastern provinces of Nigeria as the self-proclaimed Republic of Biafra. The conflict was the result of economic, ethnic, cultural and religious tensions among the various peoples of Nigeria. One person who knew and lived in this tragic moment of the history of Nigeria was Chinua Achebe. Chinua Achebe is a writer born in Nigeria. He wrote a lot of texts and poems about the situation of his country. Ones that stand out are “Refugees Mother and Child” and “Girls at War”. In this poem and text we can see the critical situation lived by the people in this war, the writer, who was involved in political parties, witnessed the corruption and elitism at that time and he printed these experiences in his texts and poems. The poem “Refugees Mother and Child” paints the pathetic picture of a mother holding her dying son in her hands for the last time, portraying both the inevitability of death and the pain of those whose loved ones have died yet they live on in a harsh light. When the writer says: “No Madona and child could touch that picture of a mother’s tenderness for a son she soon would have to forget” is making a comparison with a version of Jesus Crist death, when Mary knew his inevitable destiny and the pain that she was going to suffer. The first four lines of the second paragraph describe the aura of disease, illness and death which surrounds the camp; describing the smells of the camp, and the ribs of the children protruding from sickness, painting a truly horrifying picture of sick infants and helpless people. There is a...
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