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From the Ted Talk "Aala El-Khani: What it's like to be a parent in a war zone"

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In 2011, I was a first-year PhD student in the University of Manchester School of Psychological Sciences. Like many of you here, I watched the crisis in Syria unfold in front of me on the TV. My family is originally from Syria, and very early on, I lost several family members in really horrifying ____. I'd sit and I'd ______ with my family and watch the TV. We've all seen those scenes: bombs destroying buildings, chaos, destruction and people screaming and running. It was always the people screaming and running that really got me the most, especially those terrified-looking ________. I was a mother to two _____, typically inquisitive children. They were five and six then, at an age where they _________ asked lots and ____ of questions, and ________ real, convincing answers. So, I began to wonder what it might be like to parent my children in a war zone and a refugee ____. Would my children change? Would my daughter's bright, happy ____ lose their shine? Would my son's really _______ and carefree nature become fearful and _________? How would I cope? Would I change?

Solution

  1. eyes
  2. camp
  3. lots
  4. relaxed
  5. gather
  6. young
  7. children
  8. ways
  9. expected
  10. typically
  11. withdrawn

Original Text

In 2011, I was a first-year PhD student in the University of Manchester School of Psychological Sciences. Like many of you here, I watched the crisis in Syria unfold in front of me on the TV. My family is originally from Syria, and very early on, I lost several family members in really horrifying ways. I'd sit and I'd gather with my family and watch the TV. We've all seen those scenes: bombs destroying buildings, chaos, destruction and people screaming and running. It was always the people screaming and running that really got me the most, especially those terrified-looking children. I was a mother to two young, typically inquisitive children. They were five and six then, at an age where they typically asked lots and lots of questions, and expected real, convincing answers. So, I began to wonder what it might be like to parent my children in a war zone and a refugee camp. Would my children change? Would my daughter's bright, happy eyes lose their shine? Would my son's really relaxed and carefree nature become fearful and withdrawn? How would I cope? Would I change?

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