The Reading / Listening - Refugee Camp - Level 2

Kenya's High Court has stopped the government from closing the world's largest refugee camp. The Dadaab camp has 330,000 refugees. Kenya's government wanted to close it and send 260,000 Somali refugees back to Somalia. The High Court decided this was wrong. A judge said the government could not target only Somali refugees. He said it was discrimination. Kenya's government said it wanted to close the camp because of security worries. It said terrorist attacks in Kenya by a Somalia-based group were planned in the camp.



Dadaab was set up in 1992 to help people escaping from Somalia's civil war. It is run by the United Nations. When Kenya's government said it would close the camp, human rights groups became worried. They feared that sending back so many refugees to Somalia would create another humanitarian crisis. The group Amnesty International welcomed the court's decision. It said: "Today is a historic day for more than a quarter of a million refugees who were at risk of being forcefully returned to Somalia, where they would have been at serious risk of human rights abuses."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Refugee Camp - Level 0 Refugee Camp - Level 1   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. Kenya's High
  2. stopped the government
  3. Kenya's government wanted
  4. send 260,000 Somali refugees
  5. The High Court decided this
  6. He said it was
  7. terrorist
  8. by a Somalia-
  1. back to Somalia
  2. based group
  3. was wrong
  4. attacks
  5. from closing
  6. Court
  7. to close it
  8. discrimination

Paragraph 2

  1. Dadaab was set
  2. help people
  3. Somalia's civil
  4. create another humanitarian
  5. Amnesty International welcomed
  6. a quarter of a
  7. at risk of being
  8. at serious risk of
  1. war
  2. the court's decision
  3. crisis
  4. forcefully returned
  5. up in 1992
  6. human rights abuses
  7. escaping
  8. million refugees

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Kenya's High Court has stopped the government (1) ___________________ world's largest refugee camp. The Dadaab camp has 330,000 refugees. Kenya's government (2) ___________________ and send 260,000 Somali refugees back to Somalia. The High Court decided (3) ___________________. A judge said the government could not target only Somali refugees. He said it (4) ___________________. Kenya's government said it wanted to close the camp because (5) ___________________. It said terrorist attacks in Kenya by a Somalia-based group were (6) ___________________ camp.

Dadaab (7) ___________________ 1992 to help people escaping from Somalia's civil war. (8) ___________________ the United Nations. When Kenya's government said it would close the camp, human rights groups became worried. They (9) ___________________ sending back so many refugees to Somalia would create another (10) ___________________. The group Amnesty International welcomed the court's decision. It said: "Today is a historic day for more than (11) ___________________ million refugees who were at risk of being forcefully returned to Somalia, where they would have been (12) ___________________ of human rights abuses."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Kenya'sHighCourthasstoppedthegovernmentfromclosingtheworld's
largestrefugeecamp.TheDadaabcamphas330,000refugees.Kenya's
governmentwantedtocloseitandsend260,000Somalirefugeesbackto
Somalia.TheHighCourtdecidedthiswaswrong.Ajudgesaidthegovern
mentcouldnottargetonlySomalirefugees.Hesaiditwasdiscrimination
.Kenya'sgovernmentsaiditwantedtoclosethecampbecauseofsecurit
yworries.ItsaidterroristattacksinKenyabyaSomalia-basedgroupw
ereplannedinthecamp.Dadaabwassetupin1992tohelppeopleescapin
gfromSomalia'scivilwar.ItisrunbytheUnitedNations.WhenKenya'sg
overnmentsaiditwouldclosethecamp,humanrightsgroupsbecamewo
rried.TheyfearedthatsendingbacksomanyrefugeestoSomaliawouldc
reateanotherhumanitariancrisis.ThegroupAmnestyInternationalwel
comedthecourt'sdecision.Itsaid:"Todayisahistoricdayformorethana
quarterofamillionrefugeeswhowereatriskofbeingforcefullyreturnedt
oSomalia,wheretheywouldhavebeenatseriousriskofhumanrightsab
uses."

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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