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dateline: 09 August 2017

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Teenage Migrants Drowned By Smuggler

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • migrant: a person who travels from one place to another to find work or a better life
  • smuggler: a person who illegally moves goods or people from one place to another for profit
  • overboard: off a water vessel
  • abort: to suddenly stop or end
  • spot: to see
  • authority: a person who has powers or who enforces rules

Teenage Migrants Drowned in Yemen By Smuggler

A human smuggler, who migrants from to Yemen, reportedly pushed over 100 migrants overboard this week. At least 29 bodies of teens were recovered and over 20 have been reported . The migrants were teenagers from Somalia and Ethiopia. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) 27 survivors from the boat on a beach. The smuggler pushed the migrants overboard and aborted the trip after spotting authorities near the coast.

Comprehension Questions

  1. How did at least 29 teens die?
  2. What did the IOM discover?
  3. Why did the smuggler abort the trip?

Discussion Questions: Every day migrants risk their lives to find a better life by paying human smugglers for transportation from their war-torn homelands. Should governments allow this type of migration to take place, or should more be done to stop this?

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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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