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From the Ted Talk by Itamar Mann: A new approach to defending the human rights of migrants

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A decade ago, after a peaceful rtioouelvn toppled the lnmtogie Tunisian dictator Ben Ali, I was sitting in an orange grove outside of Athens, Greece. Undocumented migrants were hiding there. I came to interview them about human rights abuses they had sfereufd while entering Europe. One of them, a Tunisian fellow in a leather jacket, explained. The people who overthrew Ben Ali, they want democracy and a dignified life. “We, who have cssoerd the Mediterranean, want democracy and a dignified life.” What is the difference? The mngiart is a kind of rlnovieturaoy. This idea sctuk with me and informed my work as a lawyer and a soalhcr ever since.

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A decade ago, after a peaceful __________ toppled the ________ Tunisian dictator Ben Ali, I was sitting in an orange grove outside of Athens, Greece. Undocumented migrants were hiding there. I came to interview them about human rights abuses they had ________ while entering Europe. One of them, a Tunisian fellow in a leather jacket, explained. The people who overthrew Ben Ali, they want democracy and a dignified life. “We, who have _______ the Mediterranean, want democracy and a dignified life.” What is the difference? The _______ is a kind of _____________. This idea _____ with me and informed my work as a lawyer and a _______ ever since.

Solution

  1. revolutionary
  2. revolution
  3. longtime
  4. scholar
  5. stuck
  6. suffered
  7. migrant
  8. crossed

Original Text

A decade ago, after a peaceful revolution toppled the longtime Tunisian dictator Ben Ali, I was sitting in an orange grove outside of Athens, Greece. Undocumented migrants were hiding there. I came to interview them about human rights abuses they had suffered while entering Europe. One of them, a Tunisian fellow in a leather jacket, explained. The people who overthrew Ben Ali, they want democracy and a dignified life. “We, who have crossed the Mediterranean, want democracy and a dignified life.” What is the difference? The migrant is a kind of revolutionary. This idea stuck with me and informed my work as a lawyer and a scholar ever since.

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