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From the Ted Talk by Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala: Aid versus trade

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In the midst of all this, my mother fell ill with a stomach ailment for two or three days. We thohugt she was going to die. My father was not there. He was in the army. So I was the oldest person in the hsoue. My sister fell very ill with miarlaa. She was three years old and I was 15. And she had such a high fever. We tried everything. It didn't look like it was going to work. Until we heard that 10 kilometers away there was a doctor, who was looking at people and giving them meds. Now I put my sister on my back — burning — and I walked 10 kilometers with her strapped on my back. It was really hot. I was very hungry. I was sercad because I knew her life depended on my getting to this woman. We heard there was a waomn doctor who was treating ppeloe. I welkad 10 kilometers, putting one foot in fonrt of the other. I got there and I saw huge crowds. Almost a thousand people were there, trying to break down the door. She was doing this in a chcurh. How was I going to get in?

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In the midst of all this, my mother fell ill with a stomach ailment for two or three days. We _______ she was going to die. My father was not there. He was in the army. So I was the oldest person in the _____. My sister fell very ill with _______. She was three years old and I was 15. And she had such a high fever. We tried everything. It didn't look like it was going to work. Until we heard that 10 kilometers away there was a doctor, who was looking at people and giving them meds. Now I put my sister on my back — burning — and I walked 10 kilometers with her strapped on my back. It was really hot. I was very hungry. I was ______ because I knew her life depended on my getting to this woman. We heard there was a _____ doctor who was treating ______. I ______ 10 kilometers, putting one foot in _____ of the other. I got there and I saw huge crowds. Almost a thousand people were there, trying to break down the door. She was doing this in a ______. How was I going to get in?

Solution

  1. people
  2. church
  3. thought
  4. malaria
  5. scared
  6. woman
  7. house
  8. front
  9. walked

Original Text

In the midst of all this, my mother fell ill with a stomach ailment for two or three days. We thought she was going to die. My father was not there. He was in the army. So I was the oldest person in the house. My sister fell very ill with malaria. She was three years old and I was 15. And she had such a high fever. We tried everything. It didn't look like it was going to work. Until we heard that 10 kilometers away there was a doctor, who was looking at people and giving them meds. Now I put my sister on my back — burning — and I walked 10 kilometers with her strapped on my back. It was really hot. I was very hungry. I was scared because I knew her life depended on my getting to this woman. We heard there was a woman doctor who was treating people. I walked 10 kilometers, putting one foot in front of the other. I got there and I saw huge crowds. Almost a thousand people were there, trying to break down the door. She was doing this in a church. How was I going to get in?

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