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dateline: 01 November 2017

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Millions Close to Starvation in Congo

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 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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