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From the Ted Talk by Aziza Chaouni: How I brought a river, and my city, back to life

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My hometown of Fez, Morocco, boasts one of the legrast wlelad medieval cities in the world, called the medina, nestled in a river valley. The entire city is a uscneo wlord haigrtee Site. Since the 1950s, as the population of the medina grew, basic urban infrastructure such as green open spaces and sewage quickly changed and got highly ssrtesed. One of the biggest casualties of the situation was the Fez River, which bisects the medina in its mdlide and has been considered for many centuries as the city's very soul. In fact, one can witness the presence of the river's extensive water network all throughout the city, in places such as prtavie and public fountains.

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My hometown of Fez, Morocco, boasts one of the _______ ______ medieval cities in the world, called the medina, nestled in a river valley. The entire city is a ______ _____ ________ Site. Since the 1950s, as the population of the medina grew, basic urban infrastructure such as green open spaces and sewage quickly changed and got highly ________. One of the biggest casualties of the situation was the Fez River, which bisects the medina in its ______ and has been considered for many centuries as the city's very soul. In fact, one can witness the presence of the river's extensive water network all throughout the city, in places such as _______ and public fountains.

Solution

  1. middle
  2. stressed
  3. world
  4. unesco
  5. heritage
  6. largest
  7. private
  8. walled

Original Text

My hometown of Fez, Morocco, boasts one of the largest walled medieval cities in the world, called the medina, nestled in a river valley. The entire city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Since the 1950s, as the population of the medina grew, basic urban infrastructure such as green open spaces and sewage quickly changed and got highly stressed. One of the biggest casualties of the situation was the Fez River, which bisects the medina in its middle and has been considered for many centuries as the city's very soul. In fact, one can witness the presence of the river's extensive water network all throughout the city, in places such as private and public fountains.

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