Hunzviâs surgery is turned into a torture centre: Africa in crisis, -…
Hunzviâs surgery is turned into a
torture centre: Africa in crisis
Language: punctuation, literary devices, choice of words
Colvin does not mask the abuse that is taking place. She uses vivid imagery.
"Once through the doctor’s gates, their victims were subjected to hours of beatings and sadistic abuse."
"His captors had tied a rubber strip tight around the tip of his penis and kept it bound for the 13 hours that they held him in the surgery, preventing him from urinating."
"This former place of healing has
become a torture centre."
Focuses on description rather than information
Primary sources/Anecdotes/Testimony of victims
Inform and give a voice to the people of Zimbabwe that suffer due to it's corrupt government and don't get international attention
The effect of war on civilians
The use of terror as a means of gaining power
The abuse of power in politics
Link with book or other poems:
The Dead beat
In the poem it shows that medics didn’t care about soldiers, and here it started by an evil personification of medics.
It is an irony, as he is called Hitler, while he is a doctor and he is supposed to help people
Connection with O’Brien of the book 1984
How O’brien presents himself as he is supposed to help people, but he then inflicts fear and pain
When he grabs Winston and takes him to room 101 (Located in the ministry of love) Irony with the institution.
While here, there is a clinic (supposed to save people lives) that is then trasnformed and described as a torture centre
The torture centre is comparable to room 101. Physical harm is used to corrupt/intimidate people into supporting their ideology.
Effect of language:
"stopping in the road outside draws an angry swarm of
menacing men through the front gate,"
This phrase shows how these men are ready to fight against any threat. They are presented as menacing to convey danger and intimidation. The noun "swarm" highlights the amount of men that could pounce on anyone if nesseary
"boxed his ears so
"Boxed" shows a sense of enjoyment behind the beating as Boxing is a sport highlighting how psychotic this action was. "Ferouciously" makes us understand how brutal the beating was
"He wouldn’t show me the worst of his injuries and I didn’t want to look."
The fact that the narrator couldn't even look shows the lack of pity for their victims.
"Zanu-PF party had widened from the farms to the cities"
The verb "widened" has an extremely menacing demeanor is used to compare this movement with a virus as both expand and kill people.
In the phrase: "50 men calling themselves war veterans" Colvin implies this title is undeserved, that these men are cowards.