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Before leaving Africa, Salva's life is one of harrowing tragedy. Separated from his family by war and forced to travel on foot through hundreds of miles of hostile territory, he survives starvation, animal attacks, and disease, and ultimately leads a group of about boys to safety in Kenya. Relocated to upstate New York, Salva resourcefully learns English and continues on to college. Eventually he returns to his home region in southern Sudan to establish a foundation that installs deep-water wells in remote villages in dire need of clean water. This poignant story of Salva's life is told side-by-side with the story of Nya, a young girl who lives today in one of those villages. Home Syllabus About Mrs.
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Before you have students begin the book, it would be helpful to have a lesson on the Second Sudanese Civil War. Background on the geography of South Sudan and the surrounding region and the contentious Dinka and Nuer tribes will further contextualize this work. Class conversation can also include the cultural similarities of the Dinka and Nuer people and why the tribes are in conflict. Salva ends up living in various refugee camps, sometimes having to traverse hundreds of miles in order to reach relatively safe locations. Eventually, he is granted asylum and moves to the United States. In a dual narrative, Nya travels many miles each day to gather water for her family in South Sudan. Coming of Age — The trauma Salva suffers as a child causes him to grow up quickly.
The book, published in , interweaves the real-life story of Salva Dut with the fictional story of Nya, a girl living in Sudan. Set in the midst of the Second Sudanese Civil War, Park recounts how Salva was forced from his happy home in the village of Loun-Ariik after an attack on his village by North-Sudanese forces. Salva then goes on a twenty-year journey across villages, deserts, and rivers, in and out of refugee camps, to safety America, and finally back to Sudan to help his people. Simultaneously, Park tells the fictional story of Nya, a representative of the Join Now.