"I am sorry, Salva. Your friend... I am sorry" (pg. 38).
What will they do to us?
Crossing the Gilo River
The main character Salva has left his village and joins a group walking to Ethiopia, he makes a friend along the way as they enter lion territory. When he wakes up his friend is gone and there is blood on their trail.
Salva finds out that his uncle is in the group. While the group is crossing the desert they run into bandits. The bandits take their clothes, food, and then they tie Uncle to a tree and shoot him.
Salva reached the refugee camp in Ethiopia with the group. Several years later the camp is shutting down. Soldiers have been sent to make them leave, they are forced to cross a raging river filled with crocodiles, while being shot at.