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"From the Ted Talk by Marwa Al-Sabouni: How Syria's architecture laid the foundation for brutal war"

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Hi. My name is Marwa, and I'm an architect. I was born and raised in Homs, a city in the central western part of syira, and I've always lived here. After six years of war, Homs is now a half-destroyed city. My family and I were lucky; our place is still standing. Although for two years, we were like prisoners at home. Outside there were demonstrations and battles and bombings and seniprs. My hunsabd and I used to run an autirchtrcee studio in the old town main square. It's gone, as is most of the old town itself. Half of the city's other neighborhoods are now rlbbue. Since the ceasefire in late 2015, large prtas of Homs have been more or less quiet. The economy is completely broken, and ppeole are still fighting. The merchants who had stalls in the old city market now trade out of sheds on the streets. Under our apartment, there is a ctpreenar, sosheptews, a butcher, a pnitirng house, workshops, among many more. I have started teaching part-time, and with my husband, who juggles several jobs, we've opened a small bsoohokp. Other people do all sorts of jobs to get by.

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Hi. My name is Marwa, and I'm an architect. I was born and raised in Homs, a city in the central western part of _____, and I've always lived here. After six years of war, Homs is now a half-destroyed city. My family and I were lucky; our place is still standing. Although for two years, we were like prisoners at home. Outside there were demonstrations and battles and bombings and _______. My _______ and I used to run an ____________ studio in the old town main square. It's gone, as is most of the old town itself. Half of the city's other neighborhoods are now ______. Since the ceasefire in late 2015, large _____ of Homs have been more or less quiet. The economy is completely broken, and ______ are still fighting. The merchants who had stalls in the old city market now trade out of sheds on the streets. Under our apartment, there is a _________, __________, a butcher, a ________ house, workshops, among many more. I have started teaching part-time, and with my husband, who juggles several jobs, we've opened a small ________. Other people do all sorts of jobs to get by.

Solution

  1. parts
  2. rubble
  3. people
  4. printing
  5. snipers
  6. syria
  7. architecture
  8. carpenter
  9. husband
  10. bookshop
  11. sweetshops

Original Text

Hi. My name is Marwa, and I'm an architect. I was born and raised in Homs, a city in the central western part of Syria, and I've always lived here. After six years of war, Homs is now a half-destroyed city. My family and I were lucky; our place is still standing. Although for two years, we were like prisoners at home. Outside there were demonstrations and battles and bombings and snipers. My husband and I used to run an architecture studio in the old town main square. It's gone, as is most of the old town itself. Half of the city's other neighborhoods are now rubble. Since the ceasefire in late 2015, large parts of Homs have been more or less quiet. The economy is completely broken, and people are still fighting. The merchants who had stalls in the old city market now trade out of sheds on the streets. Under our apartment, there is a carpenter, sweetshops, a butcher, a printing house, workshops, among many more. I have started teaching part-time, and with my husband, who juggles several jobs, we've opened a small bookshop. Other people do all sorts of jobs to get by.

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