Where has everyone gone? Why did my group leave me?
Salva's Growth In a Long Walk to Water
Come we are almost to the end of the day, then we may rest. Remember, one day at a time.
Salva is a boy who is extremely dependent and needing of his family. One day he is in school, when his village is attacked! His teacher tells everyone to run to the bush, and while Salva listens his family doesn't get to the bush! Now alone, Salva joins a group of fellow Dinkas (his tribe) and follows them to a barn to sleep. In the morning, he finds himself alone! His group left him! He was extremely scared, nervous, and timid.
Salva is thrown out of the Ethiopian refugee camp., and into the Gilo River, filled with crocodiles! He somehow survives along with 1,500 other boys. Now with this group he decides to lead them to another refugee camp in Kenya. This shows his character growth because he used to be a small scared boy. Now he has to lead 1,500 boys to Kenya, like how his Uncle lead his other group. He is now turning into a confident leader, with courage, perseverance, and determination.
After arriving to the Ifo Refugee camp, Salva is chosen to go to America with his new mom and dad, Louise and Chris. Only a few years after arriving though, Salva gets a message telling him his father is alive! Salva makes it a mission to visit him and when he does, he finds his father sick with a disease from bad water in a ragged hospital tent. After this bittersweet reunion, Salva decides to try and bring clean water to Southern Sudan. He starts off small until today he has made 349 wells! This shows his character growth because he used to be a scared boy, then a determined leader, and now a strong, persevering man who can do anything.