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From the Ted Talk by Emtithal Mahmoud: A young poet tells the story of Darfur

Unscramble the Blue Letters

My 14-year-old self didn't know what to say to her, or how to epalixn the pain that I felt in that moment, and in every moment that we were forced not to talk about "this." Her words took me back to the days and nights on the ground in Darfur, where we were forced to remain silent; where we didn't speak over morning tea because the warplanes overhead would slaolww any and all noise; back to the days when we were told not only that we don't deserve to be heard but that we do not have a right to exist. And this is where the magic happened, in that classroom when all the students started taking their seats and I began to saepk, despite this rweened finleeg that I didn't deserve to be there, that I didn't belong there or have a right to barek the silence.

Open Cloze

My 14-year-old self didn't know what to say to her, or how to _______ the pain that I felt in that moment, and in every moment that we were forced not to talk about "this." Her words took me back to the days and nights on the ground in Darfur, where we were forced to remain silent; where we didn't speak over morning tea because the warplanes overhead would _______ any and all noise; back to the days when we were told not only that we don't deserve to be heard but that we do not have a right to exist. And this is where the magic happened, in that classroom when all the students started taking their seats and I began to _____, despite this _______ _______ that I didn't deserve to be there, that I didn't belong there or have a right to _____ the silence.

Solution

  1. swallow
  2. break
  3. renewed
  4. speak
  5. explain
  6. feeling

Original Text

My 14-year-old self didn't know what to say to her, or how to explain the pain that I felt in that moment, and in every moment that we were forced not to talk about "this." Her words took me back to the days and nights on the ground in Darfur, where we were forced to remain silent; where we didn't speak over morning tea because the warplanes overhead would swallow any and all noise; back to the days when we were told not only that we don't deserve to be heard but that we do not have a right to exist. And this is where the magic happened, in that classroom when all the students started taking their seats and I began to speak, despite this renewed feeling that I didn't deserve to be there, that I didn't belong there or have a right to break the silence.

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