Salva is sitting cross legged on the bench in class daydreaming. He is thinking about his chores and family. Salva is thinking about how when he gets home, his mother would shade her eyes with one hand, searching for him and by the time he would have reached the house, his mother would have gone inside to get his bowl of milk ready for him.
Suddenly, Salva hears gunshots, and his teacher yells to the class that they must run into the the bush and that they can't go home. While Salvais running, he gets separated from his family and the life he is use to. He had seen other people walking too. Some of the people are from his tribe but, none of them is anyone from his family of his family.
Salva is in the crowd of people in the group, when he hears his name being called. Salva does not know who was calling his name but, when he turned around, he saw that it was his uncle that he had not seen in two years. His uncle is asking him where his family is and if he is alone. Salva tells his uncle everything that had happened the best that he can. His uncle pats his shoulders and says that he will looks after him.
Salva's Uncle is told to leave his gun where it was by two Nuer men, and then is getting tied to a tree several yards away. Once the men are finished with their looting, they pick up Salva's uncle's gun, and one of the men shot him three times. Salva was now left with nobody but, with his uncle and Marial's strength.
Salva finally arrives at the refugee camp . There are There were people more than hundreds, thousands,thousands upon thousands. There are people in lines, masses, and clumps. There are people milling around, standing, sitting, crouching on the ground but, not one person is anyone from his family.
Salva is getting a chance to go to America. He had been learning English at the refugee camp that he had moved to after staying in northern Kenya for five years.