Surto de cólera 'abre' temporada da seca em cidade sitiada por rebeldes
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Surto de cólera 'abre' temporada da seca em cidade sitiada por rebeldes

Transcript:

This is Baidoa, a town besieged by two unforgiving enemies. The soldiers are here to guard against al-Shabab – the militant Islamists controlling the countryside in this corner of Somalia. But it's the second enemy – drought – that is now far more dangerous. After three years of failed rains, clean water is hard to find. The doctors here believe they're battling a sudden outbreak of cholera. It's a cruel opening salvo of disease before famine marches into town.

A heart-warming story of recovery. A baby chimpanzee - Nemley junior - with a great appetite; an astonishing turnaround given the trauma he’s been through. Poachers killed his mother and the rest of his family and then sold him to wildlife traffickers. A raid led to two arrests – a young dealer called Ibrahima Traore and his uncle Mohammed – they’re now awaiting trial – the first prosecution for wildlife trafficking that Ivory Coast has ever seen.

Professor Robert E Kelly has been talking to the BBC about his unexpected viral fame last week, when his children crashed his live TV interview to the amusement of millions of people who later watched the clip. Professor Kelly, an expert on South Korea, was joined in the follow-up video with his wife, Jung-a Kim and was upstaged again by children Marion and James.

Transcrição para o português:

Essa é Baidoa, uma cidade sitiada por dois inimigos implacáveis. Os soldados estão aqui para protegê-la da Al-Shabab – grupo militante islâmico que controla o interior do país neste canto da Somália. Mas é o segundo inimigo – a seca – que é o mais perigoso. Após três anos de temporadas fracassadas de chuva, é difícil encontrar água limpa. Os médicos aqui acreditam estar enfrentando um súbito surto de cólera. É uma cruel salva da doença antes da fome entrar na cidade.

Uma comovente história de recuperação. Um chimpanzé bebê – Nemley junior - com um grande apetite; uma surpreendente reviravolta após o trauma que enfrentou. Caçadores ilegais mataram sua mãe e o resto de sua família e o venderam a traficantes de animais selvagens. Uma batida levou a duas prisões - um jovem traficante chamado Ibrahima Traore e seu tio Mohammed – eles aguardam julgamento –, a primeira ação penal por tráfico de animais selvagens que a Costa do Marfim já viu.

O professor Robert E. Kelly andou conversando com a BBC sobre sua inesperada fama viral na semana passada, quando seus filhos invadiram sua entrevista ao vivo na TV para o deleite de milhões de pessoas que mais tarde assistiram ao clipe. Professor Kelly, especialista em Coreia do Sul, esteve acompanhado no outro vídeo de sua mulher, Jung-a Kim, e foi novamente ofuscado pelos seus filhos, Marion e James.

Words and phrases and definitions:

besieged surrounded, preventing people from doing things

salvo sudden attack

turnaround important change causing something to improve

upstaged became the focus of attention

Watch the video online: http://bbc.in/2nEBYe1

Exercise:

Use one of the words or phrases from Lingohack to complete each of these sentences. Note that you may have to change the form of a word or phrase to complete the sentence correctly.

besieged / salvo / turnaround / upstaged

1. The opening ________ in the battle to launch a digital wallet has been unveiled - with a mini, stick-on credit card.

2. During the day, crowds ________ banks demanding that they be allowed to withdraw their savings while shares fell to a new record low.

3. The TV presenter was ________ when a dog decided to urinate on the grass behind her!

4. Plans for a new entertainment centre could mark the beginning of the long-hoped-for ________ in the fortunes of the town.

Answers:

1. The opening salvo in the battle to launch a digital wallet has been unveiled - with a mini, stick-on credit card.

2. During the day crowds besieged banks demanding that they be allowed to withdraw their savings while shares fell to a new record low.

3. The TV presenter was upstaged when a dog decided to urinate on the grass behind her!

4. Plans for a new entertainment centre could mark the beginning of the long-hoped-for turnaround in the fortunes of the town.