The Reading / Listening - Humanitarian Crisis - Level 4

The U.N. has warned of the biggest humanitarian crisis since 1945. It pleaded with nations to help avoid "a catastrophe". Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien, said over 20 million people faced starvation in Kenya, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen. He stressed the urgent need for, "accelerated global efforts to support U.N. humanitarian action on the ground". He added: "We stand at a critical point in history." He said the world faces the largest humanitarian crisis since the creation of the U.N.



The U.N. warned of misery for millions in the affected countries. It said: "Without collective…global efforts…people risk starving to death." It warned of disease, of children with stunted growth, of "lost futures, mass displacements and reversed development gains". The El Niño weather phenomenon has brought little rain, but a lot of the problems are man made. Conflicts are displacing many people. There are reports of aid convoys being attacked. Mr O'Brien said: "It is possible to avert this crisis, to avert these famines…these looming human catastrophes. It is all preventable."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Humanitarian Crisis - Level 5 or  Humanitarian Crisis - Level 6

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-39238808
  • http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=56339#.WMPIwIWFic0
  • http://allafrica.com/stories/201703100256.html


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. It pleaded with
  2. help avoid
  3. over 20 million people faced
  4. He stressed the urgent
  5. accelerated global
  6. support U.N. humanitarian action
  7. We stand at a critical
  8. since the creation
  1. starvation
  2. point in history
  3. need
  4. of the U.N.
  5. a catastrophe
  6. efforts
  7. nations
  8. on the ground

Paragraph 2

  1. The U.N. warned of
  2. in the affected
  3. collective global
  4. people risk starving
  5. children with stunted
  6. reports of aid
  7. It is possible to
  8. It is all
  1. preventable
  2. efforts
  3. growth
  4. avert this crisis
  5. countries
  6. to death
  7. convoys being attacked
  8. misery for millions

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The U.N. has (1) ___________________ biggest humanitarian crisis since 1945. It pleaded with nations (2) ___________________ catastrophe". Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien, said over 20 million people faced (3) ___________________ Kenya, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen. He stressed (4) ___________________ for, "accelerated global efforts to support U.N. humanitarian action on the ground". He added: "We (5) ___________________ critical point in history." He said the world faces the largest humanitarian crisis since the (6) ___________________ U.N.

The U.N. (7) ___________________ for millions in the affected countries. It said: "Without collective… (8) ___________________ people risk starving to death." It warned of disease, of children with (9) ___________________, of "lost futures, mass displacements and reversed development gains". The El Niño weather phenomenon has brought little rain, (10) ___________________ problems are man made. Conflicts are displacing many people. There are reports of aid convoys being attacked. Mr O'Brien said: "It is possible (11) ___________________ crisis, to avert these famines…these looming human catastrophes. (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheU.N.haswarnedofthebiggesthumanitariancrisissince1945.Itplea
dedwithnationstohelpavoid"acatastrophe".EmergencyReliefCoordi
nator,StephenO’Brien,saidover20millionpeoplefacedstarvationinKe
nya,Nigeria,Somalia,SouthSudanandYemen.Hestressedtheurgentn
eedfor,"acceleratedglobaleffortstosupportU.N.humanitarianactiono
ntheground".Headded:"Westandatacriticalpointinhistory."Hesaidth
eworldfacesthelargesthumanitariancrisissincethecreationoftheU.N.
TheU.N.warnedofmiseryformillionsintheaffectedcountries.Itsaid:"
Withoutcollective…globalefforts…peopleriskstarvingtodeath."Itwar
nedofdisease,ofchildrenwithstuntedgrowth,of"lostfutures,massdisp
lacementsandreverseddevelopmentgains".TheElNiñoweatherphen
omenonhasbroughtlittlerain,butalotoftheproblemsaremanmade.Co
nflictsaredisplacingmanypeople.Therearereportsofaidconvoysbeing
attacked.MrO'Briensaid:"Itispossibletoavertthiscrisis,toavertthesef
amines…theseloominghumancatastrophes.Itisallpreventable."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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Answers

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