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South East Asia migrants' crisis

Episode 150518 / 18 May 2015

Step 1: Listen

You're going to hear a genuine BBC news report. Before you listen, read these three summaries. Now listen and decide which one is correct. Listen again if you need to.

a) Fishermen in Indonesia are asking for more resources to help rescue drowning migrants.   

b) Many migrants are heading for Indonesia but fishermen there say they have been told not to help them if they get into trouble. 

c) Migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh are drowning and the Indonesian government want fishermen to save them.

Step 2: Learn the key words and listen again

How was that? Try listening again. Here are three definitions of key vocabulary which may help you.

migrants
people who travel from one country to another to find work or safety

resources
(here) money, equipment and people 

drowning
dying because they are underwater and can’t breathe

Step 3: Transcript and answer

Still not sure? This time you can read the transcript. The answer's underneath.

Newsreader

There are reports of more boats filled with migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh heading towards Indonesia.

Jakarta's warned that it's running out of resources to care for the large numbers who have already arrived in recent days.

Fishermen in the Indonesian port of Langsa have told the BBC that they've been warned by officials not to rescue migrants even if they're drowning

Answer

The correct answer is:

b) Many migrants are heading for Indonesia but fishermen there say they have been told not to help them if they get into trouble.

This bulletin comes from BBC World Service Radio

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