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From the Ted Talk by Luis H. Zayas: The psychological impact of child separation at the US-Mexico border

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Now, I could tell you story after story of clreidhn who have wsnsetied some of the worst violence in the world and are now sinttig in detention. But two little boys have stayed with me over these past five years. One of them was Danny. Danny was seven and a half years old when I met him in a detention center in Karnes City, Texas, back in 2014. He was there with his mother and his bhoterr, and they had fled hrudanos. You know, Danny is one of these kids that you get to love instantly. He's fnuny, he's innocent, he's charming and very expressive. And he's dniawrg pictures for me, and one of the pictures he drew for me was of the Revos Locos. The Revos Locos: this is the name that they gave to gangs in the town that he was in. I said to Danny, "Danny, what makes them bad guys?" Danny looked at me with pmluezeznt. I mean, the look was more like, "Are you clueless or just stupid?"

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Now, I could tell you story after story of ________ who have _________ some of the worst violence in the world and are now _______ in detention. But two little boys have stayed with me over these past five years. One of them was Danny. Danny was seven and a half years old when I met him in a detention center in Karnes City, Texas, back in 2014. He was there with his mother and his _______, and they had fled ________. You know, Danny is one of these kids that you get to love instantly. He's _____, he's innocent, he's charming and very expressive. And he's _______ pictures for me, and one of the pictures he drew for me was of the Revos Locos. The Revos Locos: this is the name that they gave to gangs in the town that he was in. I said to Danny, "Danny, what makes them bad guys?" Danny looked at me with __________. I mean, the look was more like, "Are you clueless or just stupid?"

Solution

  1. puzzlement
  2. witnessed
  3. honduras
  4. funny
  5. brother
  6. drawing
  7. sitting
  8. children

Original Text

Now, I could tell you story after story of children who have witnessed some of the worst violence in the world and are now sitting in detention. But two little boys have stayed with me over these past five years. One of them was Danny. Danny was seven and a half years old when I met him in a detention center in Karnes City, Texas, back in 2014. He was there with his mother and his brother, and they had fled Honduras. You know, Danny is one of these kids that you get to love instantly. He's funny, he's innocent, he's charming and very expressive. And he's drawing pictures for me, and one of the pictures he drew for me was of the Revos Locos. The Revos Locos: this is the name that they gave to gangs in the town that he was in. I said to Danny, "Danny, what makes them bad guys?" Danny looked at me with puzzlement. I mean, the look was more like, "Are you clueless or just stupid?"

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