Six years have passed since Marial and Uncle Jewiir's death. Salva is now seventeen. Salva lives in a refugee camp called the Itang Refugee Camp. All of a sudden, soldiers enter the camp. They are forcing people out of the camp because the Ethiopian government is near collapse. The soldiers are shooting into the air. The refugees are forced to the Gilo River. The river's current is merciless and well know for crocodiles. Salva fears for his life. Salva crosses the river. He now embarks on a long journey to Kenya.
Salva arrives at a different refugee camp in Kenya. He has heard rumors that thousands of boys are going to America. Everyday Salva goes to check to see if his name is on the list. He eventually loses hope, and stops cheking the list. One day one of the camp aid workers, Michael comes running to Salva to tell him that his name was on the list. Salva goes to check for himself. He sees his name on the list and can't believe it. Salva Dut- Rochester,New York. Salva is going to America!
We will give clean water. The people will be able to drink clean, clear water.
Salva meets his new family. He now attends college. Salva is going to school for business. He now has a new and normal life. He goes to school for business because he wants to start a project. This project will give people in Southern Sudan clean drinking water.
While in America, Salva gets a call from a unknown cousin who tells him that his father has had stomach surgery. His father contracted parasites from the filthy water that everyone in Southern Sudan drinks. Salva plans to travel to Southern Sudan. He has to get permits, fill out dozens of forms, and organize flights and car transportation in a region where there is no airport or roads. Once Salva locates his father, he ask about the rest of his family. His father tells him that it is to dangerous to check on them, but only one of Salva's brothers and his mother were still alive.
Salva then officially starts his project. His project is to drill a well in Southern Sudan. This well will give the people of Sudan clean drinking water. He walks into a lunchroom full of people. Salva is nervous. All the eyes are looking at him... but every face interested in what he has to say. Thinking about that makes Salva feel happier. Salva says hello into the microphone, and suddenly feels more comfortable. Three years pass and Salva has spoke to hundreds of people about this project.
Salva has now arrived in Southern Sudan. He starts to construct a well. Whenever the men get frustrated, Salva tries to coax them to keep working. Once the hose is into the well, dirty water starts to spurt out, then clean clear water comes out. While everyone is celebrating, a little girl walks over to thank him. Salva has now provided access to clean drinking water in Southern Sudan. Today, he continues his project of helping people gain access to clean drinking water.