My group! They left me, they thought I'd slow them down! I would not have! what do I do now? I'm alone...and lost. I need someone's help.
This child is weak! He shouldn't be here. He won't make it.
Uncle is dead, Mariel is dead, their deaths motivate me to keep going. The group shuns me, They think I'm weak, I will prove otherwise!
No matter what, I will lead these kids safely to Kenya. One day at a time.
Salva is left alone in the barn his group slept in. He knew they left him because he was a child, and they thought he would slow them down. Salva denies it, through tears. He would have been able to walk with them, he doesn't he think he would have slowed them down. He doesn't know what to do, he's alone with no plan. He walks up to the old lady who owns the barn, she feeds him. Salva works hard so she won't leave him, but she has to leave. She manages to get Salva a group, and Salva starts walking. This shows in the beginning that Salva needed protection of someone older, and it shows he is weak.
Salva is determined to keep going, gathering strength from his misfortune. He vows to prove to the group that he is strong. After his Uncle's death the group thought he was weak and shunned him. Salve stayed determined, not as weak as before. He repeated his Uncle's words in is head, he stayed determined until he made it to the refugee camp.
The refugee camp kicks everyone out, forcing them in the Gilo river, shooting them. Salva survives, he decides to lead a group of boys to Kenya. Over time other groups joined them, Salva as their leader. Salva encouraged them to keep going as he repeated his Uncle's words to them everyday. Eventually thirteen hundred boys made it to Kenya. Thirteen hundred boys that Salva led. This shows Salva as a strong leader. He isn't a weak child in need of protection anymore. He is the one encouraging and protecting other boys.