Forgotten war – The Hindu (Dec 05, 2017)

Forgotten war – The Hindu (Dec 05, 2017)

For the past 33 months, Saudi Arabia has been bombing Yemen with help from its Western allies, turning the country into a humanitarian tragedy. For further reading, visit “The Hindu”.

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Word List-2 (To Improve English Vocabulary)

  1. on the brink of (phrase) – on the edge/verge of difficult/dangerous situation; at a crucial or critical point.
  2. famine (noun) –  food shortages; poverty, drought/paucity.
  3. ceasefire (noun) – truce; a temporary stoppage of a war.
  4. humanitarian tragedy (noun) – humanitarian disaster/crisis; it is defined as a singular event or a series of events that are threatening in terms of health, safety or well being of a community or large group of people. It may be an internal or external conflict and usually occurs throughout a large land area.
  5. outbreak (noun) –  outburst, epidemic, sudden appearance/occurrence.
  6. crumbling (adjective) – disintegrating, falling down, collapsing/decaying.
  7. bombardment (noun) –  bombing, shelling (continuous attack).
  8. breeding ground (noun) – a place/situation/condition for the development/rising of something.
  9. plunge into (verb) –  fall, tumble, plummet (suddenly).
  10. chaos (noun) – disorder, disruption, confusion.
  11. wary (adjective) – cautious, careful, circumspect/sceptical.
  12. militia (noun) – armed forces, military unit, soldiery (from the civil population to support main forces).
  13. drag on (verb) – persist, continue, extend (unnecessarily).
  14. desperate (adjective) – urgently requiring, craving, wanting.
  15. blockade (noun) – disruption of the economic activities (e.g: supply of essential goods and others) of an area.
  16. in the midst of (phrase) – in the middle of.
  17. rage (verb) – continue intensely & uncontrollably.
  18. it is high time (phrase) – relating to something urgent and it should have happened or been done earlier.
  19. populace (noun) – population, inhabitants, people/public.
  20. faction (noun) – a small group, section, division (of dissenter within a large group).
  21. look away (phrasal verb) – avert/avoid/turn gaze away from someone/something.
  22. cease (verb) –  stop, terminate, bring to an end.


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