Listening: A famous Irishman
Listen to a text about Bono, the lead singer of the famous Irish band U2. Then do the activities below.
1 Understanding the text
Work in groups of three or four, and discuss the following questions:
a) Do we in the western world want to help those who are suffering in Africa?
f) Here is one of Bono’s statements. Based on what he says here, would you call him an optimist or a pessimist? Do you share his views?
“We’re the first generation that can look at poverty and disease, look across the ocean to Africa and say . . . we can be the first to end this sort of stupid extreme poverty, where in the world of plenty, a child can die for lack of food in its belly. We can be the first generation. It might take a while, but we can be that generation that says no to stupid poverty. . . . For the first time in history we have the know-how, we have the cash, we have the lifesaving drugs, but do we have the will?”