The Reading / Listening - Level 1

Police in Sudan arrested the world's most wanted people smuggler, Mered Medhanie, 35, from Eritrea. His nickname is 'The General' because of the way he plans smuggling. His actions caused hundreds of migrant deaths. Migrants are people trying to go to Europe for a better life. Police found Mered in a secret hideout in Sudan's capital city Khartoum. They worked with Britain's National Crime Agency (NCA) and intelligence services.



Mered is now in Italy. He could go to prison for a long time. He smuggled thousands of migrants from Africa and the Middle East to Europe. His price was up to $5,500 per person for the dangerous journey. The NCA said Mered was a high-level human trafficker who did not care about people's lives. Italian police said Mered wanted to make a huge amount of money from his activities. His plan was to move to Sweden, where his wife lives.

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Sources
  • http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/06/08/worlds-most-wanted-people-smuggler-arrested-in-joint-british-ope/
  • http://news.sky.com/story/1708610/people-smuggler-the-general-arrested-in-sudan
  • http://www.thelocal.it/20160608/migrant-smuggling-boss-extradited-to-italy


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Police in
  2. the world's most
  3. His nickname
  4. His actions caused hundreds
  5. go to Europe
  6. Police found Mered in a secret
  7. Sudan's capital
  8. intelligence
  1. is 'The General'
  2. for a better life
  3. city Khartoum
  4. services
  5. of migrant deaths
  6. wanted people smuggler
  7. Sudan
  8. hideout

Paragraph 2

  1. Mered is now
  2. He could go to
  3. for a long
  4. He smuggled thousands
  5. His price was up to $5,500 per
  6. a high-level human
  7. did not care
  8. make a huge
  1. trafficker
  2. time
  3. person
  4. amount of money
  5. about people's lives
  6. in Italy
  7. of migrants
  8. prison

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Police in Sudan (1) ___________________ most wanted people smuggler, Mered Medhanie, 35, from Eritrea. (2) ___________________ 'The General' because of the way he (3) ___________________. His actions caused hundreds of migrant deaths. Migrants are people (4) ___________________ to Europe for a better life. Police found Mered in (5) ___________________ in Sudan's capital city Khartoum. They worked with Britain's National Crime Agency (NCA) (6) ___________________.

Mered (7) ___________________ Italy. He could go to prison for a long time. He smuggled thousands (8) ___________________ Africa and the Middle East to Europe. His (9) ________________ $5,500 per person for the dangerous journey. The NCA said Mered (10) ___________________ human trafficker who did not care about people's lives. Italian police said Mered wanted to make (11) ___________________ of money from his activities. His plan (12) ___________________ Sweden, where his wife lives.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

PoliceinSudanarrestedtheworld'smostwantedpeoplesmuggler,Mere
dMedhanie,35,fromEritrea.Hisnicknameis'TheGeneral'becauseofth
ewayheplanssmuggling.Hisactionscausedhundredsofmigrantdeath
s.MigrantsarepeopletryingtogotoEuropeforabetterlife.PolicefoundM
eredinasecrethideoutinSudan'scapitalcityKhartoum.Theyworkedwit
hBritain'sNationalCrimeAgency(NCA)andintelligenceservices.Mere
disnowinItaly.Hecouldgotoprisonforalongtime.Hesmuggledthousan
dsofmigrantsfromAfricaandtheMiddleEasttoEurope.Hispricewasupt
o$5,500perpersonforthedangerousjourney.TheNCAsaidMeredwasa
high-levelhumantraffickerwhodidnotcareaboutpeople'slives.Italia
npolicesaidMeredwantedtomakeahugeamountofmoneyfromhisacti
vities.HisplanwastomovetoSweden,wherehiswifelives.

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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Free writing

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