While he is walking, he is kicked out of the group he was in, for being a possible burden, and being too young. He also loses his only friend, Mariel, to a lion attack. Then, after finding his uncle, he loses him to violence. Salva also had very little water access,
Have you even had to walk for hundreds of miles with little food, water and help? Salva, a character from Linda Sue Park’s novel; A Long Walk to Water, had to. Salva had to persevere, work hard and use the little relationships had had the survive as one of the Lost Boys of Sudan. In this book Salva survives his first few challenges because of hard work. In this book, after Salva joins a group of refugees he was left behind by this group because they believed he was too small/weak to travel.
He kept looking for his family and believed he could find them. When Uncle died, Salva was still determined to reach the refugee camp, and when he did he was still determined to find his family. Without Uncle, the group’s attitude changed, and they grumbled about him being too young and small, and nobody shared food with him, so he had to beg for scraps, which were given grudgingly. Under all of his sadness, Salva felt stronger and kept going. Third, in America, he was determined to help the people of South Sudan - “Salva worked for hours and days, which grew into weeks and months”, (pg 108).
Some of the others-they will be able to manage better than you.” Sure enough there was a women giving water to the men on the ground” (58). This shows that Salva is mature because he wants to give the water he has in his gourd to someone on the ground that is close to being dead, and someone who is not mature would keep the water for themselves. According to the text, “Crowds of boys followed him. Nobody talked about it, but by the end of the first day Salva had become the leader of about fifteen hundred boys” (80).
Salva is a survivor because he didn't get defeated by any of the animals, he almost got killed many times, and because his environment was very harsh. One factor that proved Salva is a survivor is because he didn't get defeated by all of the animals he crossed on his journey. Many people died while trying to cross the river because of the vicious crocodiles eating them and trying to kill them. “Later, he would learn that at least a thousand people had died trying to cross the river that day, drowned or shot, or attacked by .crocodiles”(79).
Salva survived in the South Sudanese Civil War against the North and South. Many did not survive, but Salva did. He survived because of his uncle, his teacher also with his so called auntie, and his own knowledge, patience and persistence. Salva’s uncle helped Salva survive with advice and assistance. Salva’s uncle helped him walk the desert and gave him advice.
Throughout the novel Salva demonstrates determination by pushing himself to do his best and not give up on anything no mater what is going on. One instance where Salva showed determination is on page 65, paragraph 4. “Marial was gone. Uncle was gone, too, murdered by those Nuer men right before salva’s eyes. Marial and uncle were no longer by his side,and they never would be again,but salva knew that both of them would have wanted him to survive,to finish the trip and reach the itang refugee camp safely.
When the war started affecting Salva and his village it became apparent to him that he may never see his family again. “If I die now, I will never see my family again.” (11) This thought helped Salva strengthen and have the instinct to survive so he could see his family again, which is one of the reasons he did survive. Not only did he think he would never see his family again, but he became friends with Marial, a boy from the group he was in, who was soon taken away from him as well.
In the book A Long Walk to Water, the main character Salva must overcome a lot of challenges in order for his survival. He is persistent, a hard worker, and just overall a very lucky young boy. These factors are very big reasons for his survival. After reading the book, readers can see that one of the main factors for Salvas survival is hard work.
To sum up, Salva did make it through the stressful journey, Salva has been back and forth visiting his biological family and his forster family that lives in New York.. This journey lead him to the person he is today by inspiring people to not give up on a dream or idea they had. Today Salva is continuing a program for South Sudan “ Water For South Sudan” which builds wells in different villages in South
In the end, his suffering paid off as his hope and dream of finding his family alive finally came true. Through the story of a young boy who treasured all his blessings in a harsh environment, I learned to value the things I have and to not waste these special
“Quitting leads to much less happiness in life than perseverance and hope.” (Page 117) -Salva Dut In Sudan the water is the hardest thing to get, imagine you going to walk 5 miles to get a 45lb water jug then put on your head and walk another 5 mile all the way back home but the water in jug is full of insects and bacteria that can make you sick or even death after while the natural water will dry up so you and your family have to move with it and you walk again for miles they hope to find water and they won’t get killed by humans or animals. Salva is changing this cycle of moving with the water by raising money for them but he could not have done it if he was not a water follower himself and his story shows how he has become a leader.
Another character in this book is Nya, an eleven year old Sudanese girl, who has to walk eight hours every day to get water for her family. She always keeps going, even though the way is hard because it is hot and the ground hurts to walk on. One example of hope and perseverance in A Long Walk to Water is how Salva never gives up. He is forced to leave his home and family in southern Sudan when his school is attacked, and goes on a long,