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

Unscramble the Blue Letters

I grew up with the colors of war — the red colors of fire and blood, the brown tones of eatrh as it explodes in our fceas and the perniicg 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, ouinoms drones of jets flying overhead and the wailing warning sounds of sirens. These are the sounds you would expect, but they are also the sonuds of dissonant concerts of a flock of birds screeching in the ngiht, the high-pitched hsoent ceris 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 sncliee 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 _____ as it explodes in our _____ and the ________ 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, _______ drones of jets flying overhead and the wailing warning sounds of sirens. These are the sounds you would expect, but they are also the ______ of dissonant concerts of a flock of birds screeching in the _____, the high-pitched ______ _____ 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 _______ of humanity."

Solution

  1. faces
  2. ominous
  3. sounds
  4. honest
  5. earth
  6. silence
  7. night
  8. cries
  9. piercing

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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