The Reading / Listening - Slave Trade - Level 2

The UN is horrified by reports of slavery in Libya. Thousands of African refugees are sold in auctions across Libya every week. Most of the people are black African men. There are also reports of enslaved people having their organs removed. These are sold illegally. In a televised statement, the UN said it was, "horrified at news reports and video footage showing African migrants in Libya reportedly being sold as slaves". The UN asked authorities to "investigate these activities without delay and to bring the [criminals] to justice".



Human rights experts said urgent action must be taken to stop this modern-day slave trade. They said slavery was now a terrible reality in Libya. They said the trade is similar to "one of the darkest chapters in human history, when millions of Africans were uprooted, enslaved, trafficked and auctioned to the highest bidder". People are being sold for up to $400 each. The UN said: "Slavery has no place in our world and these actions are among the most [terrible] abuses of human rights and…amount to crimes against humanity." It asked all countries to fight to end the slave trade.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Slave Trade - Level 0 Slave Trade - Level 1   or  Slave Trade - Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.thesierraleonetelegraph.com/black-african-slaves-in-libya-why-is-the-world-turning-a-blind-eye/
  • http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/12/outrageous-reality-libya-171201085605212.html
  • https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/sg/statement/2017-11-20/secretary-general%E2%80%99s-statement-reported-news-slavery-libya


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. The UN is horrified by reports
  2. African refugees are sold
  3. a televised
  4. video
  5. reportedly being
  6. The UN asked authorities to
  7. without
  8. bring the criminals
  1. statement
  2. delay
  3. sold as slaves
  4. to justice
  5. in auctions
  6. footage
  7. of slavery
  8. investigate

Paragraph 2

  1. urgent action must
  2. one of the darkest chapters in
  3. millions of Africans were
  4. auctioned to the highest
  5. Slavery has no place
  6. the most terrible abuses
  7. crimes
  8. fight to end
  1. in our world
  2. against humanity
  3. human history
  4. the slave trade
  5. uprooted
  6. bidder
  7. be taken
  8. of human rights

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The UN (1) ___________________ reports of slavery in Libya. Thousands of African refugees are (2) ___________________ across Libya every week. Most of the people are black African men. There (3) ___________________ of enslaved people having their organs removed. These are sold illegally. In (4) ___________________, the UN said it was, "horrified at news reports and video footage showing African migrants in Libya reportedly (5) ___________________ slaves". The UN asked authorities to "investigate these activities (6) ___________________ to bring the [criminals] to justice".

Human rights experts said urgent action (7) ___________________ to stop this modern-day slave trade. They said slavery was now a (8) ___________________ Libya. They said the trade is similar to "one of the (9) ___________________ human history, when millions of Africans were uprooted, enslaved, trafficked and auctioned to the highest bidder". People are being sold (10) ___________________ $400 each. The UN said: "Slavery has no place in our world and these actions are among (11) ___________________ abuses of human rights and…amount to crimes against humanity." It asked all countries to (12) ___________________ the slave trade.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheUNishorrifiedbyreportsofslaveryinLibya.ThousandsofAfricanref
ugeesaresoldinauctionsacrossLibyaeveryweek.Mostofthepeopleare
blackAfricanmen.Therearealsoreportsofenslavedpeoplehavingtheir
organsremoved.Thesearesoldillegally.Inatelevisedstatement,theU
Nsaiditwas,"horrifiedatnewsreportsandvideofootageshowingAfrica
nmigrantsinLibyareportedlybeingsoldasslaves".TheUNaskedauthor
itiesto"investigatetheseactivitieswithoutdelayandtobringthe[crimin
als]tojustice".Humanrightsexpertssaidurgentactionmustbetakento
stopthismodern-dayslavetrade.Theysaidslaverywasnowaterriblere
alityinLibya.Theysaidthetradeissimilarto"oneofthedarkestchaptersi
nhumanhistory,whenmillionsofAfricanswereuprooted,enslaved,traf
fickedandauctionedtothehighestbidder".Peoplearebeingsoldforupto
$400each.TheUNsaid:"Slaveryhasnoplaceinourworldandtheseactio
nsareamongthemost[terrible]abusesofhumanrightsand…amountto
crimesagainsthumanity."Itaskedallcountriestofighttoendtheslavetr
ade.

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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