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dateline: 08 September 2015

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Egyptian Billionaire Wants To Buy Island For Refugees

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • uninhabited: not lived in or on; has no residents
  • refugee: one who is forced to escape his/her homeland due to something such as war or a natural disaster
  • logistics: the management of details in order to accomplish something

Egyptian Billionaire Wants To Buy Island For Refugees

A Egyptian has offered to buy an uninhabited Mediterranean island to refuge for hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees. Naguib Sawiris says if Italy or Greece will sell him an , he will take care of the logistics. He says he will build , schools, and a hospital, and will find a way for the people to have jobs. The billionaire has asked the to help spread the word so that he can convince politicians in Greece and Italy that this is a serious proposal.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Who is Naguib Sawiris?
  2. What problem does he want to help solve?
  3. Why does he need help from the media?

Discussion Questions: The billionaire told politicians, “Give me the island, and I will do the rest.” Is this a completely ridiculous idea, or do you think uninhabited islands could help refugees?

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Written and recorded by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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