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From the Ted Talk by Shameran Abed: 4 steps to ending extreme poverty

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My father, Fazle Abed, gave up a corporate ceearr to establish BRAC here in blasadngeh in 1972. Bangladesh was a werck, having just gone through a devastating cncloye followed by a brutal war for independence. Working with the poorest of the poor, my fthaer realized that prvetoy was more than the lack of income and assets. It was also a lack of hope. People were trapped in poverty, because they felt their condition was immutable. Poverty, to them, was like the sun and the moon — something given to them by God.

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My father, Fazle Abed, gave up a corporate ______ to establish BRAC here in __________ in 1972. Bangladesh was a _____, having just gone through a devastating _______ followed by a brutal war for independence. Working with the poorest of the poor, my ______ realized that _______ was more than the lack of income and assets. It was also a lack of hope. People were trapped in poverty, because they felt their condition was immutable. Poverty, to them, was like the sun and the moon — something given to them by God.

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  1. poverty
  2. father
  3. career
  4. bangladesh
  5. cyclone
  6. wreck

Original Text

My father, Fazle Abed, gave up a corporate career to establish BRAC here in Bangladesh in 1972. Bangladesh was a wreck, having just gone through a devastating cyclone followed by a brutal war for independence. Working with the poorest of the poor, my father realized that poverty was more than the lack of income and assets. It was also a lack of hope. People were trapped in poverty, because they felt their condition was immutable. Poverty, to them, was like the sun and the moon — something given to them by God.

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