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From the Ted Talk by Deeyah Khan: What we don't know about Europe's Muslim kids

Unscramble the Blue Letters

So I spent the next two years interviewing convicted tiesrrrots, jihadis and former extremists. What I already knew, what was very obvious already, was that religion, politics, Europe's colonial baggage, also Western foreign policy failures of recent years, were all a part of the picture. But what I was more interested in finding out was what are the human, what are the personal rosaens why some of our young people are ssbtelpiuce to groups like this. And what really surprised me was that I found wounded huamn beings. Instead of the monterss that I was looking for, that I was hoping to find — quite frankly because it would have been very ssyfnitiag — I found broken people. Just like Banaz, I found that these young men were torn apart from trying to bridge the gaps between their families and the countries that they were born in. And what I also learned is that extremist groups, terrorist groups are taking adtagvane of these feelings of our young people and channeling that — cynically — channeling that toward violence. "Come to us," they say. "Reject both sedis, your faimly and your coturny because they rejcet you. For your family, their honor is more important than you and for your country, a real Norwegian, Brit or a French person will always be white and never you." They're also promising our young people the things that they crave: significance, heroism, a sense of belonging and purpose, a cuommnity that loves and accepts them. They make the pleosewrs feel powerful. The invisible and the slneit are finally seen and heard. This is what they're doing for our young people. Why are these groups doing this for our young ppeloe and not us?

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So I spent the next two years interviewing convicted __________, jihadis and former extremists. What I already knew, what was very obvious already, was that religion, politics, Europe's colonial baggage, also Western foreign policy failures of recent years, were all a part of the picture. But what I was more interested in finding out was what are the human, what are the personal _______ why some of our young people are ___________ to groups like this. And what really surprised me was that I found wounded _____ beings. Instead of the ________ that I was looking for, that I was hoping to find — quite frankly because it would have been very __________ — I found broken people. Just like Banaz, I found that these young men were torn apart from trying to bridge the gaps between their families and the countries that they were born in. And what I also learned is that extremist groups, terrorist groups are taking _________ of these feelings of our young people and channeling that — cynically — channeling that toward violence. "Come to us," they say. "Reject both _____, your ______ and your _______ because they ______ you. For your family, their honor is more important than you and for your country, a real Norwegian, Brit or a French person will always be white and never you." They're also promising our young people the things that they crave: significance, heroism, a sense of belonging and purpose, a _________ that loves and accepts them. They make the _________ feel powerful. The invisible and the ______ are finally seen and heard. This is what they're doing for our young people. Why are these groups doing this for our young ______ and not us?

Solution

  1. country
  2. silent
  3. reasons
  4. monsters
  5. community
  6. people
  7. terrorists
  8. susceptible
  9. human
  10. powerless
  11. reject
  12. family
  13. sides
  14. advantage
  15. satisfying

Original Text

So I spent the next two years interviewing convicted terrorists, jihadis and former extremists. What I already knew, what was very obvious already, was that religion, politics, Europe's colonial baggage, also Western foreign policy failures of recent years, were all a part of the picture. But what I was more interested in finding out was what are the human, what are the personal reasons why some of our young people are susceptible to groups like this. And what really surprised me was that I found wounded human beings. Instead of the monsters that I was looking for, that I was hoping to find — quite frankly because it would have been very satisfying — I found broken people. Just like Banaz, I found that these young men were torn apart from trying to bridge the gaps between their families and the countries that they were born in. And what I also learned is that extremist groups, terrorist groups are taking advantage of these feelings of our young people and channeling that — cynically — channeling that toward violence. "Come to us," they say. "Reject both sides, your family and your country because they reject you. For your family, their honor is more important than you and for your country, a real Norwegian, Brit or a French person will always be white and never you." They're also promising our young people the things that they crave: significance, heroism, a sense of belonging and purpose, a community that loves and accepts them. They make the powerless feel powerful. The invisible and the silent are finally seen and heard. This is what they're doing for our young people. Why are these groups doing this for our young people and not us?

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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