In the beginning of the story,Salva is forced to leave his village because of a war taking place in his country. He must find saftey but he is very paronoid and scared about his family. He doesn't know where to go, he is very confused so he just ran.
In the middle of the story, Salva had to leave Ethiopia and started walking to Kenya. Other boys started to follow him and consider him a leader. Salva has become more responsible. This shows growth because he used to be scared but he is now a leader.
In the end of the story salva feels nervous and excited to be chosen to live in New York. He gets to live with a new family and learns American cultures. He works hard to know better English, even though it was hard for him. This shows growth because at first he didn't know any English but because of his effort he has improved greatly.