From this unhealthy diet the combination of acids and gases blow out the stomach of the children.
This vivid description could also possibly be a pun to the blowflies in Africa.
Achebe begins with a bond of affection by using words like ‘madonna’ which implies that just like baby jesus was in the arms of Mother Mary, the mother was holding the son in her arms in this refugee camp.
The picture perfect image – the ideal image of motherhood.
The idea of the first stanza is that the tenderness that the character, the mother, expresses towards her child in the poem surpasses the ideal image of Mary and Jesus.
The two situations do not even compare to the depth of love and tenderness of the Refugee Mother and Child.She probably wants to give her son a sense of comfort and thus presents this smile in the form of a picture perfect image.This line of the poem conveys the mother’s pride towards her son, the poem describes this by being able to faintly see her pride towards her son in her eyes.The picture perfect image - the ideal image of motherhood.The picture of a beautiful, serene mother with her holy new born child.This adds to the distraught and agonizing picture of the son. The poet towards the end describes the parting of the son’s hair and then uses the punctuation of 3 full stops.This gives the reader that the poem is going to shift to another scene and makes us imagine something else.5 'A ghost smile', this metaphor could possibly be two ideas: The mother is happy because she is with her son, you can tell she is happy but her smile is faint, hard to notice.Her happiness can't easily be seen, her smile is not shown in a physical appearance, it holds happiness that gives off its emotion in a feeling which can't quite be explained, but can be felt by others.This metaphor shows how the mother keeps a fake, or 'ghost' smile on her lips for her child's sake - so her son doesn't have any fears or worries because he feels content...The poems Sonnet 116 and Mother in a refugee camp are acknowledgements of love in which the poets portray different forms of love Shakespeare explores Eros where as Achebe explores Philia these poems show how variable love can be.