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photo Tara Benwell Listen to News with Tara Benwell - Instructions:
1. Preview the vocabulary and read the gapfill text.
2. Play the news report and try to fill in the blanks.
3. Answer the comprehension questions by writing full sentences.
4. Use the discussion question to write an essay or discuss the story with other students.
5. Click "show Answers" to see the full text.
6. Pretend to be a news anchor by reading each story out loud.

dateline: 18 October 2017

Rohingya Muslims Continue To Flee Myanmar

Listen to the news in English with Tara Benwell

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • flee: run away; escape
  • refugee: a person who escapes his/her homeland due to war or other dangers
  • starvation: the state of not having enough food to survive
  • ethnic cleansing: the effort to remove or kill an entire race or culture
  • predominantly: mainly
  • deny: to not allow

Rohingya Muslims Continue To Flee Myanmar

Thousands of Rohingya Muslims continue to from Rakhine State in Myanmar (Burma) in the world’s fastest growing humanitarian crisis. In the past eight weeks, over half a Rohingya have fled to giant refugee camps in Bangladesh to escape and starvation in their villages. According to the UN, the Rohingya are victims of ethnic cleansing. The government of the predominantly Buddhist nation has denied the Rohingya .

Comprehension Questions

  1. Approximately how many Rohingya have fled in the past two months?
  2. What has the UN called this crisis?
  3. What did the Myanmar government deny the Rohingya people?

Discussion Questions

What should other nations and humanitarian organizations do to address this humanitarian crisis?

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Written 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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2 Comments on Rohingya Muslims Continue To Flee Myanmar

  1. Alberto says:

    I donĀ“t have an answer for such a difficult question. Not only does this problem have a complex solution, but it also increases everyday.

  2. Bijan says:

    Hi Tara,

    First, thank you for this week’s news report. I saw it’s nearly 35 seconds, so it’s great for improving the students’ listening.

    Second, I hope some governments to stop ethnic cleansing one day and believe the United Nations can play an important role in this subject.

    Third, My wish is all people (regardless of their religions) can live with each other kindly someday, but it looks like some governments don’t want to happen this subject.

    Best wishes and have a great weekend,
    Bijan from the Persian Gulf

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