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From the Ted Talk by Zainab Salbi: Women, wartime and the dream of peace

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I grew up with the colors of war — the red colors of fire and blood, the brown tones of earth as it eodepxls in our faces and the piercing silver of an exploded missile, so bright that nothing can protect your eyes from it. I grew up with the sounds of war — the sccatato sounds of gunfire, the wrenching bomos of explosions, ominous drones of jets flying overhead and the wniliag warning sounds of sierns. These are the soduns you would expect, but they are also the sounds of dissonant concerts of a foclk of birds screeching in the night, the high-pitched henost cries of children and the thunderous, ualebbanre silence. "War," a friend of mine said, "is not about sound at all. It is actually about silence, the silence of humanity."

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I grew up with the colors of war — the red colors of fire and blood, the brown tones of earth as it ________ in our faces and the piercing silver of an exploded missile, so bright that nothing can protect your eyes from it. I grew up with the sounds of war — the ________ sounds of gunfire, the wrenching _____ of explosions, ominous drones of jets flying overhead and the _______ warning sounds of ______. These are the ______ you would expect, but they are also the sounds of dissonant concerts of a _____ of birds screeching in the night, the high-pitched ______ cries of children and the thunderous, __________ silence. "War," a friend of mine said, "is not about sound at all. It is actually about silence, the silence of humanity."

Solution

  1. booms
  2. explodes
  3. sirens
  4. unbearable
  5. honest
  6. staccato
  7. wailing
  8. flock
  9. sounds

Original Text

I grew up with the colors of war — the red colors of fire and blood, the brown tones of earth as it explodes in our faces and the piercing silver of an exploded missile, so bright that nothing can protect your eyes from it. I grew up with the sounds of war — the staccato sounds of gunfire, the wrenching booms of explosions, ominous drones of jets flying overhead and the wailing warning sounds of sirens. These are the sounds you would expect, but they are also the sounds of dissonant concerts of a flock of birds screeching in the night, the high-pitched honest cries of children and the thunderous, unbearable silence. "War," a friend of mine said, "is not about sound at all. It is actually about silence, the silence of humanity."

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