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From the Ted Talk by Norma Pimentel: Restoring human dignity at the US southern border

Unscramble the Blue Letters

Because what I see at the border are flaiimes, men, who will take a child and will try to comfort that clhid that is crying because that child is crying for their own dad. And these men are cyirng with that child. I see men and women who drop to their knees, praying. As they pray in thanksgiving. I see chdrlien who have been srtepaaed from their parents for months. And when they're rtneieud, they're afraid to separate themselves from them, because they're afraid they will lose their mom again. Once a child lkeood up to me after she was reunited and she said to me, (Spanish) "Hoy no voy a llorar." "Today I'm not going to cry." And I said, (Spanish) "Por qué, mi hija?" She said, "Because I have been crying for the past whole month, because I didn't know where my mother was. But tonight, I'm going to be with her."

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Because what I see at the border are ________, men, who will take a child and will try to comfort that _____ that is crying because that child is crying for their own dad. And these men are ______ with that child. I see men and women who drop to their knees, praying. As they pray in thanksgiving. I see ________ who have been _________ from their parents for months. And when they're ________, they're afraid to separate themselves from them, because they're afraid they will lose their mom again. Once a child ______ up to me after she was reunited and she said to me, (Spanish) "Hoy no voy a llorar." "Today I'm not going to cry." And I said, (Spanish) "Por qué, mi hija?" She said, "Because I have been crying for the past whole month, because I didn't know where my mother was. But tonight, I'm going to be with her."

Solution

  1. children
  2. looked
  3. child
  4. separated
  5. crying
  6. reunited
  7. families

Original Text

Because what I see at the border are families, men, who will take a child and will try to comfort that child that is crying because that child is crying for their own dad. And these men are crying with that child. I see men and women who drop to their knees, praying. As they pray in thanksgiving. I see children who have been separated from their parents for months. And when they're reunited, they're afraid to separate themselves from them, because they're afraid they will lose their mom again. Once a child looked up to me after she was reunited and she said to me, (Spanish) "Hoy no voy a llorar." "Today I'm not going to cry." And I said, (Spanish) "Por qué, mi hija?" She said, "Because I have been crying for the past whole month, because I didn't know where my mother was. But tonight, I'm going to be with her."

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
united states 4
south texas 2
detention facility 2
border patrol 2
immigrant families 2

Important Words

  1. afraid
  2. border
  3. child
  4. children
  5. comfort
  6. cry
  7. crying
  8. dad
  9. drop
  10. families
  11. hija
  12. knees
  13. llorar
  14. looked
  15. lose
  16. men
  17. mi
  18. mom
  19. month
  20. months
  21. mother
  22. parents
  23. pray
  24. praying
  25. qué
  26. reunited
  27. separate
  28. separated
  29. spanish
  30. thanksgiving
  31. tonight
  32. voy
  33. women