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"From the Ted Talk by Matt Kenyon: A secret memorial for civilian casualties"

Unscramble the Blue Letters

Matt Kenyon: I'd just finished a project that dealt with the US Coalition side of the war and it was a bclak aabmnrd that was called the "Improvised Empathetic Device" which accumulated, in real time, the names, rknas, cause of death and location of US service members who had died overseas, and each time the Department of dfesnee or CENTCOM released their data, it would stab me in the arm. And so, I became aware that there was a spectacle associated with our own peolpe who were diyng overseas, but a disproportionate amount of casualties were the civilian casualties.

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Matt Kenyon: I'd just finished a project that dealt with the US Coalition side of the war and it was a _____ _______ that was called the "Improvised Empathetic Device" which accumulated, in real time, the names, _____, cause of death and location of US service members who had died overseas, and each time the Department of _______ or CENTCOM released their data, it would stab me in the arm. And so, I became aware that there was a spectacle associated with our own ______ who were _____ overseas, but a disproportionate amount of casualties were the civilian casualties.

Solution

  1. defense
  2. people
  3. dying
  4. ranks
  5. black
  6. armband

Original Text

Matt Kenyon: I'd just finished a project that dealt with the US Coalition side of the war and it was a black armband that was called the "Improvised Empathetic Device" which accumulated, in real time, the names, ranks, cause of death and location of US service members who had died overseas, and each time the Department of Defense or CENTCOM released their data, it would stab me in the arm. And so, I became aware that there was a spectacle associated with our own people who were dying overseas, but a disproportionate amount of casualties were the civilian casualties.

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iraqi civilians 4
individual iraqi 3

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individual iraqi civilians 3

Important Words

  1. accumulated
  2. amount
  3. arm
  4. armband
  5. aware
  6. black
  7. called
  8. casualties
  9. centcom
  10. civilian
  11. coalition
  12. data
  13. dealt
  14. death
  15. defense
  16. department
  17. died
  18. disproportionate
  19. dying
  20. empathetic
  21. finished
  22. location
  23. matt
  24. members
  25. names
  26. overseas
  27. people
  28. project
  29. ranks
  30. real
  31. released
  32. service
  33. side
  34. spectacle
  35. stab
  36. time
  37. war