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From the Ted Talk by Anjan Sundaram: Why I risked my life to expose a government massacre

Unscramble the Blue Letters

The first sign of the idipnnemg cilenansg was the breakdown of tsrut within communities. Three days after I arrived in the country, I watched the small city of Gaga be aaeonbndd. A battle was about to break out. And to save themselves, many people were working as government seips, identifying friends and neighbors to be killed. Cities and twnos, any place with humans, had become unsafe. So people moved to the jungle. I felt snrltaegy isolated as pigs and livestock moved into the empty homes. In a war zone, you know that you are near the killing when people have left.

Open Cloze

The first sign of the _________ _________ was the breakdown of _____ within communities. Three days after I arrived in the country, I watched the small city of Gaga be _________. A battle was about to break out. And to save themselves, many people were working as government _____, identifying friends and neighbors to be killed. Cities and _____, any place with humans, had become unsafe. So people moved to the jungle. I felt _________ isolated as pigs and livestock moved into the empty homes. In a war zone, you know that you are near the killing when people have left.

Solution

  1. towns
  2. abandoned
  3. spies
  4. trust
  5. cleansing
  6. impending
  7. strangely

Original Text

The first sign of the impending cleansing was the breakdown of trust within communities. Three days after I arrived in the country, I watched the small city of Gaga be abandoned. A battle was about to break out. And to save themselves, many people were working as government spies, identifying friends and neighbors to be killed. Cities and towns, any place with humans, had become unsafe. So people moved to the jungle. I felt strangely isolated as pigs and livestock moved into the empty homes. In a war zone, you know that you are near the killing when people have left.

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Important Words

  1. abandoned
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  3. battle
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  6. cities
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  8. cleansing
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  18. humans
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  20. impending
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  22. jungle
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  26. livestock
  27. moved
  28. neighbors
  29. people
  30. pigs
  31. place
  32. save
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  35. spies
  36. strangely
  37. towns
  38. trust
  39. unsafe
  40. war
  41. watched
  42. working
  43. zone