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"From the Ted Talk by Boniface Mwangi: The day I stood up alone"

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Ten mhonts later, I quit my job. I said I could not stand it ayrmnoe. After quitting my job, I decided to organize my friends to speak about the violence in the cnruoty, to speak about the state of the ntiaon, and June 1, 2009 was the day that we were meant to go to the stadium and try and get the president's attention. It's a nnaitoal holiday, it's broadcast across the country, and I showed up at the sditaum. My fdriens did not show up. I found myself alone, and I didn't know what to do. I was scared, but I knew very well that that particular day, I had to make a decision. Was I able to live as a coward, like everyone else, or was I going to make a stand? And when the president stood up to speak, I found myself on my feet shouting at the president, telling him to rmebeemr the post-election violence victims, to stop the corruption. And suddenly, out of nowhere, the plcioe pounced on me like hungry lions. They held my mouth and dragged me out of the stadium, where they thoroughly beat me up and locked me up in jail. I sepnt that night in a cold cement floor in the jail, and that got me thinking. What was making me feel this way? My friends and fmaliy thought I was crazy because of what I did, and the images that I took were disturbing my life. The images that I took were just a number to many kannyes. Most Kenyans did not see the violence. It was a story to them.

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Ten ______ later, I quit my job. I said I could not stand it _______. After quitting my job, I decided to organize my friends to speak about the violence in the _______, to speak about the state of the ______, and June 1, 2009 was the day that we were meant to go to the stadium and try and get the president's attention. It's a ________ holiday, it's broadcast across the country, and I showed up at the _______. My _______ did not show up. I found myself alone, and I didn't know what to do. I was scared, but I knew very well that that particular day, I had to make a decision. Was I able to live as a coward, like everyone else, or was I going to make a stand? And when the president stood up to speak, I found myself on my feet shouting at the president, telling him to ________ the post-election violence victims, to stop the corruption. And suddenly, out of nowhere, the ______ pounced on me like hungry lions. They held my mouth and dragged me out of the stadium, where they thoroughly beat me up and locked me up in jail. I _____ that night in a cold cement floor in the jail, and that got me thinking. What was making me feel this way? My friends and ______ thought I was crazy because of what I did, and the images that I took were disturbing my life. The images that I took were just a number to many _______. Most Kenyans did not see the violence. It was a story to them.

Solution

  1. police
  2. remember
  3. family
  4. anymore
  5. country
  6. national
  7. months
  8. spent
  9. nation
  10. stadium
  11. kenyans
  12. friends

Original Text

Ten months later, I quit my job. I said I could not stand it anymore. After quitting my job, I decided to organize my friends to speak about the violence in the country, to speak about the state of the nation, and June 1, 2009 was the day that we were meant to go to the stadium and try and get the president's attention. It's a national holiday, it's broadcast across the country, and I showed up at the stadium. My friends did not show up. I found myself alone, and I didn't know what to do. I was scared, but I knew very well that that particular day, I had to make a decision. Was I able to live as a coward, like everyone else, or was I going to make a stand? And when the president stood up to speak, I found myself on my feet shouting at the president, telling him to remember the post-election violence victims, to stop the corruption. And suddenly, out of nowhere, the police pounced on me like hungry lions. They held my mouth and dragged me out of the stadium, where they thoroughly beat me up and locked me up in jail. I spent that night in a cold cement floor in the jail, and that got me thinking. What was making me feel this way? My friends and family thought I was crazy because of what I did, and the images that I took were disturbing my life. The images that I took were just a number to many Kenyans. Most Kenyans did not see the violence. It was a story to them.

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