Reviewed by Margie Pitts
Nya and Salva must walk to survive. Nya walks approximately eight hours a day to provide water for her family. Salva walks to escape the civil war that has ravaged his country. Rather than be captured to be a child warrior in the Sudanese Civil War, he and hundreds of thousands of “Lost Boys” escape as refugees.
This novel is based on true events in Salva’s life and comes full circle when his non-profit organization, Water for Sudan, drills a water well in Nya’s Village.
Both characters are prime examples of endurance and perseverance. Their determination to surmount harsh conditions, natural and man made, proves that hope is the key to survival and a promising future.
“I overcame all the difficult situations of my past because of the hope and perseverance that I had. I would have not made it without these two things. To young people, I would like to say: ‘Stay calm when things are hard or not going right with you. You will get through it when you persevere instead of quitting. Quitting leads to much less happiness in life than perseverance and hope.’
Salva Dut, Rochester, New York (2010).