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"From the Ted Talk by Aala El-Khani: What it's like to be a parent in a war zone"

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In 2011, I was a first-year PhD student in the University of Manchester shcool of Psychological Sciences. Like many of you here, I watched the crisis in siyra unfold in front of me on the TV. My family is originally from Syria, and very early on, I lost several family members in really hifroinyrg ways. I'd sit and I'd gather with my family and watch the TV. We've all seen those scenes: bboms destroying buildings, cohas, destruction and people sniemcrag and running. It was always the people screaming and running that really got me the most, especially those terrified-looking children. I was a mother to two young, tylpialcy inquisitive children. They were five and six then, at an age where they typically aeskd lots and lots of questions, and expected real, convincing answers. So, I began to wonder what it might be like to parent my clrhdein in a war zone and a refugee camp. Would my children change? Would my daughter's bright, happy eyes lose their snhie? Would my son's really relaxed and crrafeee nature become fearful and withdrawn? How would I cope? Would I change?

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In 2011, I was a first-year PhD student in the University of Manchester ______ of Psychological Sciences. Like many of you here, I watched the crisis in _____ unfold in front of me on the TV. My family is originally from Syria, and very early on, I lost several family members in really __________ ways. I'd sit and I'd gather with my family and watch the TV. We've all seen those scenes: _____ destroying buildings, _____, destruction and people _________ and running. It was always the people screaming and running that really got me the most, especially those terrified-looking children. I was a mother to two young, _________ inquisitive children. They were five and six then, at an age where they typically _____ lots and lots of questions, and expected real, convincing answers. So, I began to wonder what it might be like to parent my ________ in a war zone and a refugee camp. Would my children change? Would my daughter's bright, happy eyes lose their _____? Would my son's really relaxed and ________ nature become fearful and withdrawn? How would I cope? Would I change?

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  1. school
  2. carefree
  3. typically
  4. chaos
  5. bombs
  6. screaming
  7. horrifying
  8. children
  9. syria
  10. asked
  11. shine

Original Text

In 2011, I was a first-year PhD student in the University of Manchester School of Psychological Sciences. Like many of you here, I watched the crisis in Syria unfold in front of me on the TV. My family is originally from Syria, and very early on, I lost several family members in really horrifying ways. I'd sit and I'd gather with my family and watch the TV. We've all seen those scenes: bombs destroying buildings, chaos, destruction and people screaming and running. It was always the people screaming and running that really got me the most, especially those terrified-looking children. I was a mother to two young, typically inquisitive children. They were five and six then, at an age where they typically asked lots and lots of questions, and expected real, convincing answers. So, I began to wonder what it might be like to parent my children in a war zone and a refugee camp. Would my children change? Would my daughter's bright, happy eyes lose their shine? Would my son's really relaxed and carefree nature become fearful and withdrawn? How would I cope? Would I change?

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million refugees 3
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armed conflict 3
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