The rebels attach the village Salva was in, and the teacher told them to leave to the brushes so the rebels don't catch the kids.
"When the men had finished their looting, they picked up Uncle's gun. Maybe they will leave us alone now that they have robbed us, Salva thought. He heard them laughing. As Salva watched, one of the men aimed his gun at Uncle. Three shots rang out. Then the men ran away." (Park, 63).
"Suddenly, the boy's grip loosened, and Salva launched himself upward. He threw his head back and took a huge gulp of air. For a few moments he could do nothing but gasp and choke. When his vision cleared, he saw why the boy had let go: He was floating with his head down, blood streaming from a bullet hole in the back of his neck. Stunned, Salva realized that being forced under the water had probably saved his life." (Park, 78)