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From the Ted Talk by Zachariah Mampilly: How protest is redefining democracy around the world

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What's divrnig this upsurge of protest? Demographically, Africa is both the yneuosgt and the fastest-growing continent, with the lgraest age gap between the people and their rulers. It is urbanizing at a tremendous pace. eaccmnoolliy, African countries have been growing for over a decade now, largely driven by investments from Asia. But little of this wealth is trickling down. Formal jobs in the industrial socetr are actually decreasing, with informal labor the only otiopn left for people to eke out a living. As a result, inequality is skyrocketing, and political lrdaees are increasingly disconnected from their much younger populations.

Open Cloze

What's _______ this upsurge of protest? Demographically, Africa is both the ________ and the fastest-growing continent, with the _______ age gap between the people and their rulers. It is urbanizing at a tremendous pace. ____________, African countries have been growing for over a decade now, largely driven by investments from Asia. But little of this wealth is trickling down. Formal jobs in the industrial ______ are actually decreasing, with informal labor the only ______ left for people to eke out a living. As a result, inequality is skyrocketing, and political _______ are increasingly disconnected from their much younger populations.

Solution

  1. youngest
  2. option
  3. leaders
  4. largest
  5. driving
  6. economically
  7. sector

Original Text

What's driving this upsurge of protest? Demographically, Africa is both the youngest and the fastest-growing continent, with the largest age gap between the people and their rulers. It is urbanizing at a tremendous pace. Economically, African countries have been growing for over a decade now, largely driven by investments from Asia. But little of this wealth is trickling down. Formal jobs in the industrial sector are actually decreasing, with informal labor the only option left for people to eke out a living. As a result, inequality is skyrocketing, and political leaders are increasingly disconnected from their much younger populations.

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