"The first day in the desert felt like the longest day Salva had ever lived through the sun was relentless and eternal. There was neither whiff of breeze for relief... Every minute of walking in this arid heat felt like an hour. Even breathing became an effort. Every breath Salva took seemed to drain strength rather then replenish (Park 52-53)."
..."Then he heard loud voices, along with the rest of the group, he turned and saw six men coming towards them. As the men approached, He could see that they were armed with machetes and guns. The men started shouting..."SIT DOWN!.." As Salva watched one of the men aimed their gun at uncle... 3 shots rang out (Park 62)."
"SIT DOWN NOW!"
"HANDS ON YOUR HEADS. NOW!!!!"
"ALL OF YOU! NOW!'
"His family was gone... He felt as though he were standing on the edge of a giant hole filled with despair and nothingness (Park 72)."
"I am alone now. I am all that's left of my family."
After a long boat ride and a night of mosquitoes, Salva and the rest of the group made it to the Akobo Desert. Salva finds himself at conflict with the desert. With the really hot temperatures and no breeze for even a moment of relief.
While roasting the dead Stork they found, Salva and the others heard loud shouting. Soon after, a group of people armed with guns and machetes approaches and robs Salva's group. However, when everything is stolen one man grabs uncles gun and kills uncle.
After making it to the refugee camp, Salva finally realizes that his family is dead. He describes this feeling as being on the edge of despair.