The Reading / Listening - Yemen Aid - Level 2

The UK is being attacked for cutting the aid it gives to Yemen. The UK said it would cut the amount of humanitarian aid to Yemen by more than 50 per cent. Three weeks ago, the UK foreign office minister said Yemen would stay a "UK priority country". He said his government would use all efforts to bring peace. Yemen is one of the world's least developed countries. The UN reports that Yemen is the country with the most people in need of aid. There are about 24 million people who need help. This is about 85 per cent of its population. It ranks second worst in the Global Hunger Index.

There could be a terrible humanitarian crisis in Yemen. Millions of people are struggling to find food. The threat of a famine is deepening the crisis. A civil war has ruined hospitals. A refugee expert said: "We are seeing a...countdown to a possible famine that the world hasn't seen since...the 1980s." The UN said: "More than 50,000 people are starving to death and 16 million will go hungry this year." It added that the UK cut in aid this year would be very sad. A UK newspaper said: "Yemenis aren't starving, they are being starved."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Yemen Aid - Level 0 Yemen Aid - Level 1   or  Yemen Aid - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2021/mar/02/weve-cut-aid-to-yemen-and-children-will-starve-is-this-what-global-britain-means
  • https://www.arabnews.com/node/1818566/
  • world
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yemen


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. attacked for cutting
  2. cut the amount of
  3. the UK foreign
  4. the world's least
  5. most people in
  6. about 24 million people
  7. This is about 85 per cent
  8. It ranks second
  1. who need help
  2. developed countries
  3. worst
  4. the aid it gives
  5. of its population
  6. office minister
  7. need of aid
  8. humanitarian aid

Paragraph 2

  1. a terrible humanitarian
  2. Millions
  3. struggling to
  4. famine is deepening
  5. A civil war has
  6. A refugee
  7. since
  8. they are being
  1. the crisis
  2. find food
  3. the 1980s
  4. starved
  5. expert
  6. crisis in Yemen
  7. ruined hospitals
  8. of people

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The UK is being attacked for (1) ___________________ it gives to Yemen. The UK said it would (2) ___________________ of humanitarian aid to Yemen by more than 50 per cent. Three weeks ago, the UK (3) ___________________ said Yemen would stay a "UK priority country". He said his government would use all efforts to bring peace. Yemen is one of the (4) ___________________ countries. The UN reports that Yemen is the country with the most people in (5) ___________________. There are about 24 million people who need help. This is about 85 per cent of its population. It (6) ___________________ in the Global Hunger Index.

There could (7) ___________________ humanitarian crisis in Yemen. Millions of people (8) ___________________ find food. The threat of a famine is deepening the crisis. A civil war has ruined hospitals. A (9) ___________________: "We are seeing a...countdown to a possible famine that the world hasn't seen (10) ___________________." The UN said: "More than 50,000 people are starving to death and 16 million will (11) ___________________ year." It added that the UK cut in aid this year would be very sad. A UK newspaper said: "Yemenis aren't starving, they (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheUKisbeingattackedforcuttingtheaiditgivestoYemen.TheUKsaidit
wouldcuttheamountofhumanitarianaidtoYemenbymorethan50perc
ent.Threeweeksago,theUKforeignofficeministersaidYemenwouldsta
ya"UKprioritycountry".Hesaidhisgovernmentwouldusealleffortstobr
ingpeace.Yemenisoneoftheworld'sleastdevelopedcountries.TheUNr
eportsthatYemenisthecountrywiththemostpeopleinneedofaid.There
areabout24millionpeoplewhoneedhelp.Thisisabout85percentofitsp
opulation.ItrankssecondworstintheGlobalHungerIndex.Therecould
beaterriblehumanitariancrisisinYemen.Millionsofpeoplearestrugglin
gtofindfood.Thethreatofafamineisdeepeningthecrisis.Acivilwarhasr
uinedhospitals.Arefugeeexpertsaid:"Weareseeinga...countdownto
apossiblefaminethattheworldhasn'tseensince...the1980s."TheUNs
aid:"Morethan50,000peoplearestarvingtodeathand16millionwillgo
hungrythisyear."ItaddedthattheUKcutinaidthisyearwouldbeverysa
d.AUKnewspapersaid:"Yemenisaren'tstarving,theyarebeingstarved
."

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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Answers

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