It's a grim text and the essay's equally grim How does George Alagiah create a sense of pity in this extract? It also shows, shockingly the dangers that if suffering becomes commonplace, then it will become normal. The idea that people don't care about the suffering increases our pity.
George Alagiah writes about his experiences as a television reporter during the war in Somalia, Africa in the s. He won a special award for his report on the incidents described in this passage. I saw a thousand hungry, lean, scared and betrayed faces as I criss-crossed Somalia between the end of and Decemberbut there is one I will never forget.
I was in a little hamlet just outside Gufgaduud, a village in the back of beyond, a place the aid agencies had yet to reach.
In my notebook I had jotted down instructions on how to get there. Go another fifteen minutes approx. The search for the shocking is like the craving for a drug: Pictures that stun the editors one day are written off as the same old stuff the next. This sounds callous, but it is just a fact of life.
There was Amina Abdirahman, who had gone out that morning in search of wild, edible roots, leaving her two young girls lying on the dirt floor of their hut.
They had been sick for days, and were reaching the final, enervating stages of terminal hunger. Habiba was ten years old and her sister, Ayaan, was nine. By the time Amina returned, she had only one daughter.
No rage, no whimpering, just a passing away — that simple, frictionless, motionless deliverance from a state of half-life to death itself. There was the old woman who lay in her hut, abandoned by relations who were too weak to carry her on their journey to find food.
It was the smell that drew me to her doorway: Where her shinbone should have been there was a festering wound the size of my hand. The shattered leg had fused into the gentle V-shape of a boomerang. It was rotting; she was rotting. You could see it in her sick, yellow eyes and smell it in the putrid air she recycled with every struggling breath she took.
And then there was the face I will never forget.
Transcript of From a Passage to Africa Analaysis Genre - a passage from a book, non fiction and print Audience - this piece is directed to a more mature audience, both genders, from younger adults on because it has some strong imagery. Multi-Locus Sequence Typing (MLST) MLST, using partial sequence analysis of seven to ten housekeeping genes, has become the number one typing approach for epidemiological investigations of microorganisms. This disambiguation page lists articles associated with the title Stella. If an internal link led you here, you may wish to change the link to point directly to the intended article.
My reaction to everyone else I met that day was a mixture of pity and revulsion. The degeneration of the human body, sucked of its natural vitality by the twin evils of hunger and disease, is a disgusting thing.
We never say so in our TV reports. To be in a feeding center is to hear and smell the excretion of fluids by people who are beyond controlling their bodily functions. An old woman will cover her shriveled body with a soiled cloth as your gaze turns towards her.
Or the old and dying man who keeps his hoe next to the mat with which, one day soon, they will shroud his corpse, as if he means to go out and till the soil once all this is over.
I saw that face for only a few seconds, a fleeting meeting of eyes before the face turned away, as its owner retreated into the darkness of another hut. In those brief moments there had been a smile, not from me, but from the face.
It was not a smile of greeting, it was not a smile of joy — how could it be? It touched me in a way I could not explain. It moved me in a way that went beyond pity or revulsion.
What was it about that smile?May 16, · Analysis of the IGCSE Anthology text 'A Passage to Africa' in preparation for the Edexcel IGCSE English Language exam. (Narrative Article, Literary Analysis) A Passage To Africa is a moving, touching account of what George Alagiah felt and experienced in a small town in Africa, and the beauty and intensity of emotion lies, not only in the message behind it, but also in every word of every sentence in this article.
The title itself is . May 22, · A Passage To Africa is a moving, touching account of what George Alagiah felt and experienced in a small town in Africa, and the beauty and intensity of emotion lies, not only in the message behind it, but also in every word of every sentence in this article.
To ask other readers questions about A Passage to Africa, please sign up. Be the first to ask a question about A Passage to Africa The BBC's correspondent to Africa writes clearly and intelligently with shocking, hopeful and heartfelt feeling.
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