The Reading / Listening - Refugee Camp - Level 1

A Kenyan High Court has stopped the government from closing the world's largest refugee camp. Kenya's government wanted to close the Dadaab camp and send 260,000 refugees back to Somalia. The court decided this was wrong. A judge said the government was targeting Somali refugees, and that was discrimination. Kenya wanted to close the camp because of security. It said terrorist attacks by a Somalia-based group were planned in the camp.



Dadaab was started in 1992 to help people escaping from Somalia's civil war. When Kenya's government said it would close the camp, human rights groups worried that sending back refugees to Somalia would create a humanitarian crisis. The group Amnesty International was happy with the court's decision and called it a "historic day". It said a quarter of a million refugees were at risk of serious human rights abuses if they returned to Somalia.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Refugee Camp - Level 0 Refugee Camp - Level 2   or  Refugee Camp - Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-38917681
  • http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/02/09/kenya-court-quashes-order-close-worlds-largest-refugee-camp/97682600/
  • http://www.africanews.com/2017/02/09/kenya-court-quashes-closure-of-dadaab-world-s-largest-refugee-camp/


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. A Kenyan High
  2. send 260,000 refugees back
  3. The court decided this was
  4. the government was targeting
  5. close the camp because
  6. terrorist
  7. by a Somalia-
  8. planned
  1. attacks
  2. wrong
  3. in the camp
  4. to Somalia
  5. based group
  6. Court
  7. Somali refugees
  8. of security

Paragraph 2

  1. Dadaab was started
  2. help people
  3. Somalia's civil
  4. Kenya's government said it would
  5. sending back refugees
  6. create a humanitarian
  7. a quarter of a
  8. at risk of serious human
  1. escaping
  2. million refugees
  3. to Somalia
  4. war
  5. crisis
  6. in 1992
  7. rights abuses
  8. close the camp

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A Kenyan (1) ___________________ has stopped the government from closing the (2) ___________________ refugee camp. Kenya's government wanted to close the Dadaab camp and send 260,000 (3) ___________________ to Somalia. The court decided this was wrong. A judge said the government (4) ___________________ Somali refugees, and that was discrimination. Kenya wanted to close the camp because of security. It said (5) ___________________ by a Somalia-based group were (6) ___________________ camp.

Dadaab (7) ___________________ 1992 to help people escaping from Somalia's civil war. When Kenya's government said it would close the camp, (8) ___________________ groups worried that sending back refugees to Somalia (9) ___________________ humanitarian crisis. The group Amnesty International was happy with (10) ___________________ and called it a "historic day". It said a quarter of a million refugees (11) ___________________ of serious human rights abuses if (12) ___________________ Somalia.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AKenyanHighCourthasstoppedthegovernmentfromclosingtheworld'
slargestrefugeecamp.Kenya'sgovernmentwantedtoclosetheDadaa
bcampandsend260,000refugeesbacktoSomalia.Thecourtdecidedthi
swaswrong.AjudgesaidthegovernmentwastargetingSomalirefugees
,andthatwasdiscrimination.Kenyawantedtoclosethecampbecauseof
security.ItsaidterroristattacksbyaSomalia-basedgroupwereplann
edinthecamp.Dadaabwasstartedin1992tohelppeopleescapingfrom
Somalia'scivilwar.WhenKenya'sgovernmentsaiditwouldclosetheca
mp,humanrightsgroupsworriedthatsendingbackrefugeestoSomalia
wouldcreateahumanitariancrisis.ThegroupAmnestyInternationalwa
shappywiththecourt'sdecisionandcalledita"historicday".Itsaidaquar
terofamillionrefugeeswereatriskofserioushumanrightsabusesifthey
returnedtoSomalia.

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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(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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