The Reading / Listening - Yemen Aid Appeal - Level 5

The UN has launched an appeal to raise $4.2 billion to help the humanitarian crisis in Yemen. It is the UN's largest ever appeal. It comes after Yemen has been ravaged by years of war and is near famine. The UN needs the money to help 19 million people in the war-torn nation. Nearly a quarter of a million Yemenis are suffering from malnutrition and are close to starving. Around 80 per cent of Yemenis need urgent humanitarian help and protection. A UN spokesperson said the suffering of people in Yemen has reached a scale not seen in living memory.



The UN has finally got access to food stored at warehouses in the port of Hudaydah. There is enough food there for around 3.7 million people for a month. The port has been inaccessible because of heavy fighting. The UN worried about the food being at risk of rotting. It said government forces and Houthi rebels could withdraw from the city soon. The UN added: "It has really been a horrific year for millions...in Yemen, who are literally balancing on the edge of famine and starvation. They need massive amounts of aid, water, sanitation, and education for their children."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Yemen Aid Appeal - Level 4 or  Yemen Aid Appeal - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.voanews.com/a/un-pledging-conference-seeks-record-4-2-billion-for-yemen-crisis/4801876.html
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-47365783
  • https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/uae-and-saudi-arabia-announce-1-billion-joint-humanitarian-aid-for-yemen-1.830500


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. humanitarian
  2. Yemen has been ravaged
  3. in the war-
  4. Yemenis are suffering from
  5. close to
  6. Yemenis need urgent
  7. the suffering of people
  8. a scale not seen
  1. torn nation
  2. in Yemen
  3. starving
  4. in living memory
  5. by years of war
  6. crisis
  7. humanitarian help
  8. malnutrition

Paragraph 2

  1. food stored
  2. inaccessible because
  3. food being at risk
  4. rebels could withdraw
  5. It has really been a
  6. balancing on the edge of
  7. They need massive
  8. water, sanitation,
  1. famine and starvation
  2. at warehouses
  3. and education
  4. of rotting
  5. from the city soon
  6. amounts of aid
  7. horrific year
  8. of heavy fighting

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The UN has (1) ___________________ to raise $4.2 billion to help the humanitarian crisis in Yemen. It is the UN's (2) ___________________. It comes after Yemen has been (3) ___________________ of war and is near famine. The UN needs the money to help 19 million people in the war-torn nation. Nearly (4) ___________________ a million Yemenis are suffering from malnutrition and are (5) ___________________. Around 80 per cent of Yemenis need urgent humanitarian help and protection. A UN spokesperson said the suffering of people in Yemen has reached (6) ___________________ seen in living memory.

The UN has finally (7) ___________________ food stored at warehouses in the port of Hudaydah. There is enough food there for around 3.7 million people for a month. The (8) ___________________ en inaccessible because of heavy fighting. The UN worried about the food being at (9) ___________________. It said government forces and Houthi rebels could withdraw from the city soon. The UN added: "It has really (10) ___________________ year for millions...in Yemen, who are literally balancing (11) ___________________ of famine and starvation. They need (12) ___________________ aid, water, sanitation, and education for their children."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheUNhaslaunchedanappealtoraise$4.2billiontohelpthehumanitari
ancrisisinYemen.ItistheUN'slargesteverappeal.ItcomesafterYemen
hasbeenravagedbyyearsofwarandisnearfamine.TheUNneedsthemo
neytohelp19millionpeopleinthewar-tornnation.Nearlyaquarterofa
millionYemenisaresufferingfrommalnutritionandareclosetostarving
.Around80percentofYemenisneedurgenthumanitarianhelpandprote
ction.AUNspokespersonsaidthesufferingofpeopleinYemenhasreach
edascalenotseeninlivingmemory.TheUNhasfinallygotaccesstofoods
toredatwarehousesintheportofHudaydah.Thereisenoughfoodtheref
oraround3.7millionpeopleforamonth.Theporthasbeeninaccessibleb
ecauseofheavyfighting.TheUNworriedaboutthefoodbeingatriskofrot
ting.ItsaidgovernmentforcesandHouthirebelscouldwithdrawfromth
ecitysoon.TheUNadded:"Ithasreallybeenahorrificyearformillions...i
nYemen,whoareliterallybalancingontheedgeoffamineandstarvation
.Theyneedmassiveamountsofaid,water,sanitation,andeducationfor
theirchildren."

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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