‘A crime against humanity’. That’s how a UN expert has described the Taliban’s ban on female education in Afghanistan. Neil and Sian talk about the language used in the headlines around this story.
(Images: Getty/Wakil Kohsar, AFP/Atif Aryan, AFP/Mohsen Karimi, Andalou Agency/Bilal Guler, AFP/Fabrice Coffrini)
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Key words and phrases:
✔️barred – prevented
*Saul was barred from the shop because he stole a bar of chocolate.
*We will bar anyone who abuses our staff.
✔️trickle back – gradually return
*The children trickled back into the classroom after their lunch break.
*The election results are trickling in but the full result won’t be known until the morning.
✔️playing with – not treating something seriously
*He was disappointed that his boss was playing with his career.
*I don’t like it when she plays with my feelings.
0:00 – Introduction
0:21 – Story
1:06 – Headline 1
2:26 – Headline 2
3:50 – Headline 3
5:05 – Language summary
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