The boys at school were just learning and then all of a sudden they heard a boom and they realized it's a gun and they are right in the middle of the war. Soon their teacher screams to run into the bush so no one would see them. Salva ran as fast as he could not looking back.
Salva met up with a group of people running to nowhere. He was told that they would be leaving the country, but he said he couldn't. He had no idea where his family was!
Salva's group made it to a refuge camp but was forced out. They had to cross the Gilo river with alligators and guns pointed at them. "When his vision cleared,he saw why the boy let go:He was floating with his head down,blood streaming from a bullet hole in his neck" (pg 78).