OUCH! This thorn went deep into my foot, but I have to continue on to keep my family and I hydrated.
I've been walking for the past few months with little to no food, but my family gave me the determination to continue on.
During the Sudanese Civil War, millions of refugees were forced to flee their home in Sudan. Many books have depicted the stories of these refugees. Linda Sue Park has written a real life story about a boy who was forced to leave his family during the war, and a girl, in the twenty-first century, who had to walk miles every single day to get water for her family. Both experiences of these characters portray a common team of nature presenting a challenge to humans.
Linda Sue Park wrote a fictional story about a girl named Nya, who had to walk everyday for miles to get water for her family. Since she lived in a desert, she had to face harsh conditions of limited water and thorns. The book, "A Long Walk To Water" had several examples of this, when Nya observed that "thorns littered the ground everywhere," and that, "a big thorn . . . had broken off right in the middle of her heel" (8). Thorns, lack of water, and the heat all greatly increased Nya's endurance and perseverance.
Linda Sue Park also wrote about a character named Salva who was forced to leave his village and reach safety in various refugee camps. Throughout his journey, spanning multiple countries, Salva faced a harsh environment with no water or food. The book stated that, "the sun and head and, worst of all Salva's mind, a landscape that was utterly." (54) These conditions discouraged Salva and his group and made it nearly impossible to cross through the harsh desert environment.
These mosquitoes are not letting me sleep!
After walking for many months, Salva had reached Ethiopia. After he entered the refugee camp, he was soon driven out by government forces into the GIlo River. According to Salva, the Gilo River was ". . . Swollen by the rains, the Gilo's current would be merciless," (75-78) with crocodiles, that had the ability to eat humans alive. In addition, government forces were shooting at people who attempted to escape and people who stayed put on the shore of the river.
Throughout his journey, Salva lost many friends that he made. In once case, Salva's Uncle told him that he was, "sorry. . ." since his friend, Marial, was missing. Salva mentioned that, "A cold fist seemed to grip," his, "heart." Shortly after Marial's death, Salva and his Uncle had figured out that the environment in which they were currently in were filled with lions. Salva's Uncle assured him that he, "would shoot any lion that comes near," and that he would, "stay awake tonight and keep watch." (38-41)
When Salva reached the Nile River, the border between Sudan and Ethiopia, he received food and water from the Natives. Although Salva enjoyed his afternoon, eating food and water, he wasn't prepared for the mosquitoes that arrived in the evening. Salva mentioned that, "mosquitoes rose up from the water, from the reeds, from everywhere," and, "huge dark clouds of them appeared, their high-pitched whine filling the air." (51-52). Salva could not sleep and had mosquito bites all over his body.