As Salva had been walking away from the war, he had accidentally stepped on a boy named Marial. They soon became best friends.
"Lets just be friends"
"Ahh! I'm so sorry"
Along their journey, they stopped to sleep. While the whole group was sleeping a lion ventured in and attacked Marial, and killed him
"Marial was gone-vanished into the night.He would never have wandered away from the group on his own. this disappearance could mean only one thing. Lion. A lion had been hungry enough to approach the group as they slept... And it had taken him away, only leaving a few splotches of blood near the path." (40-41)
"'Salva, I have a gun. I will shoot any lion that comes near.' 'Salva, we will soon be out of the lion country. Everything will be alright.'" (40)
A few days later, Salva and the group has to cross the Nile in boats.
Salva and the group stops at a fisherman's island for a night. They eat food for the first time in weeks. In the evening suddenly the fishermen go inside of there tents and don't come out for the rest of the night. Moments later thousands of mosquitos appeared and bit everyone until they were covered with bites. "In the morning, Salva was covered with bites. The worst ones were in the exact middle of his back, where he couldn't reach to scratch. Those he could scratch, though, he scratched until they bled." (50)
After a long journey he had finally reached a safe haven, at the Itang Refugee Camp in Ethiopia. 6 years later they were in for a bad awakening.