Nya woke up in her damaged unsafe home knowing she would have to walk to water all day when she got out of bed.
Nya began her walk and a thorn that broke off a cactus had gotten into her heel and made the walk twice as hard with the aching pain but she persevered because she knew she needed to get water for her family. "With the water balanced on her head, and her foot still sore from the thorn, Nya knew that going home would take longer than coming had. But she might reach home by noon, if all went well." (pg. 14-15)
Finally, she reached the pond after a long day of walking. "The dirt under her feet turned to mud, then sludge, until at last she was ankle-deep in water" (pg 14)
It was a normal day at school for Salva Dut until out of nowhere there was the sound of gunshots. "CRACK! The noise had come from outside. Was it a gunshot? Or just a car backfiring?" (pg 5)
His teacher said, "Go quickly, all of you" (pg 6) Salva walked for almost 7 years and was searching for safety.
"He organized the group giving everyone a job: scavenge for food; collect firewood; and stand guard while groups slept." (pg 81) He eventually reached the refugee camp after all of that work.