The teacher was telling them to go and hide because there where gunshot sounds. "Go quickly, all of you the teacher said, his voice low and urgent. Into the bush. Do you hear me?" (pg. 6).
Salva gets left in the barn all alone because the women think that he will slow them down. " The tears were hot in Salva's eyes. Where had everyone gone?Why had they left without him? He knew the answer because he was a child..." (pg. 15).
Salva was in serious pain his toenail came off. But Uncle gave him small things to accomplish. "Salva stubbed his bare toe on a rock, and his whole toenail came off...You need only to walk as far as those bushes" (pg. 53).