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dateline: 01 November 2017

Millions Close to Starvation in Congo

Listen to the news in English with Tara Benwell

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • starvation: death from lack of food
  • UN: United Nations
  • flee: to run away from danger or conflict
  • security forces: military
  • monsoon: heavy rains and flooding
  • impassable: unable to get through

Millions Close to Starvation in Congo

Millions of people in the Democratic Republic of Congo could die of in the next few months according to the UN’s Word Food Programme. Many have fled their homes due to in the province of Kasai. The conflict began in August 2016 after a local leader was killed by security forces. The conflict has since to five provinces. The UN says if it can’t deliver emergency funds and food before the monsoon begins, the roads will become impassable and at least 3 million people could starve. Farmers who fled Kasai have missed two seasons.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What is the report mainly about?
  2. What caused this crisis?
  3. Why does the UN need food and funding immediately?

Discussion Questions

While some nations struggle with obesity, others are close to starvation. What can an average person do to improve this situation?

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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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5 Comments on Millions Close to Starvation in Congo

  1. M. Alessandra Agostini says:

    I think that conflicts always create many problems, anyway. I wonder why there are wars in very poor countries like Congo, especially in the third millenium. I hope someone in the world could solve that problem before very serious starvation.

  2. shamsy says:

    hi Tara
    it is unfortunate that people might die from the starvation and flee their homes due the conflict in these ages, i hope these problems solved as soon as possible.
    thank you Tara

  3. Ibrahim Towair says:

    Hi Tara,according to the World Health Organaization WHO about Congo,it is the most important for rich countries to stay behind and care on them to get rid of the starve.

  4. Alberto says:

    In my humble opinion, we should eat or use only what we need. I think that overconsumption is creating problems in rich countries as well as in poor ones.

  5. Bijan says:

    Hi Tara,

    First, thank you for this week’s news report.

    Second, I’m sorry for hearing the bad news about Congo. It looks like that we are used to hearnig the bad news in our new world because I myself hear the bad news every day, but rarely hear or read the good news on the Internet.

    I hope the rich countries to help to Congo in this subject soon.

    Thank you and best wishes,
    Bijan from the Persian Gulf

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