Salva's teacher looks out the window to see the gunfire has stopped, but sees people running. He urges the teachers to run. '"Into the bush. Do you hear me? Not home. Don't run home. They will be going into the villages. Stay away from the villages- run into the bush."'(Park, p. 6).
'"The river." "They're chasing us toward the river!" Salva knew which river they meant: the Gilo River, which was along the border between Ethiopia and Sudan. They are driving us back to Sudan, Salva thought. They will force us 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."(Park, p. 75).
"Leaving the airport felt like leaving his old life forever-Sudan, his village, his family... Tears came to his eyes, perhaps from the cold air blowing in through the open doors. His new family was already outside; they turned back and looked at him. Salva blinked away the tears and took his first step into a new life in America." (Park, pg. 96).