Salva's group left him and he was wondering why. He knew the answer: because he was a child . . . who might tire easily and slow them down, complain about being hungry, and might cause trouble somehow. He knew he would not have been any trouble and not of complained.
The Nuer men murdered Uncle right before Salva's eyes. Salva felt stronger than he had before. He felt that Marial and Uncle had given him strength. He knew that both of them wanted him to survive, finish the trip and reach the Itang refugee camp safely.
Salva remembered his Uncle's words: One step at a time . . . one day at a time. Just today- just this one day to get through. He told himself this everyday. He told the boys in the group, too. He used his Uncle's words to lead more than 1,200 boys to Kenya. It took them and year and a half.