Salva led a group of fifteen hundred boys. They fled to Ethiopia to escape death or induction from the army.
Salva finally arrived with about 1,500 of the Lost Boys from Ethiopia across hundreds of desert miles through Sudan to the Itang refugee camp, Ethiopia, in 1985.
After six years at the Ethiopian refugee camp, they were closing the camp. It was time to move again. Salva led a group of boys through the desert and across three countries, to reach Kakuma refugee camp in northern Kenya.
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After leaving the camp, Salva thought that they were driving them back to Sudan. He knew they would force them to cross the river. It was the rainy season. Swollen by the rains, the Gilo's current would be merciless. The Gilo was well known for something else, too. Crocodiles. Then, soldiers started shooting into the river aiming at the people.
The walking began again. Walking-but to where? Not home. Kenya. It took them a year and a half. For the past five years Salva had been living in refugee camps in northern Kenya. But Salva left. The Kakuma Camp was a dreadful place. And went to the Ifo Refugee Camp. But when he got there he found that things were no different than at Kakuma.
In the Ifo Refugee Camp, Salva had been learning to speak English. They gave sponsorships to travel to the United States. Salva was one of the people to get an oppurtunity to go to America in 1996.