"A Lengthy Stroll to Water" Guide Overview

Linda Sue Park helped Salva Dut share his expertise as a “Misplaced Boy” of Sudan who returned dwelling to construct a effectively for his village.

Salva was eleven years previous when he started the journey on foot with hundreds of different youngsters who had been compelled out of their villages after troopers killed their dad and mom. The violent actuality included shootings, being eaten by lions and crocodiles, drowning and being kidnapped to be baby troopers.

The youngsters traveled by Southern Sudan, Ethiopia, and Kenya. They lived in refugee camps for a number of years. Salva took curiosity in studying English so an help employee taught him. Ultimately as a younger man, Salva was one of many group permitted to return to the USA.

After a couple of years in the USA, Salva obtained phrase that his father was nonetheless alive however very sick resulting from not having clear water. Salva started his dream of being reunited along with his father and discovering a approach to clear up the water downside. With assist from many individuals organizing and elevating funds, his dream got here true.

Salva returned dwelling and was reunited along with his father. He was informed his mom was nonetheless alive but it surely was too harmful to journey to the place she was. He solely bought to see his father as a result of he was in a hospital.

Salva put collectively a workforce and drilled a effectively within the village. His time period was that nobody could possibly be refused water. The village individuals needed to come collectively for the good thing about all. Later, he started drilling wells in different villages.

The ending introduced the fictional a part of the story collectively along with his true story. The fictional story was a couple of younger Nuer woman named Nya about twenty years later who benefitted from the brand new effectively. She observed that the person who gave them the clear water didn’t have tribal markings on his brow. She assumed he was from her tribe. She requested somebody and was informed he was Dinka, not Nuer. She puzzled why he would assist them. She bought up the braveness to strategy him and stated, “Thanks for bringing us the water.”

Women had been now capable of attend faculty as a result of they now not needed to stroll for water.

This story is valuable to me due to the Sudanese younger adults in my life. One is my pal and his household. The opposite is my daughter in regulation. My pal is Dinka and my daughter-in-law is Nuer. I like them each.

My pal’s dream is to construct a college constructing for the kids in his village. I need to assist him. We are going to want loads of assist. I am certain every one of many “Misplaced Boys” have goals. Though telling their tales is painful, one after the other, we will help them construct a brighter future for the following era.