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Last Updated on June 25, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 428

The sun was relentless and eternal: there was neither wisp of cloud nor whiff of breeze for relief. Each minute of walking in that arid heat felt like an hour. . . .
The next day was a precise copy of the one before: the sun and the heat, and worst of all to Salva's mind, a landscape that was utterly unchanged.

In the above quotes, Salva and a group led by his Uncle Jewiir are crossing the Akobo desert. It is the only way to get to the Itang refugee camp in Ethiopia. The description of the unforgiving terrain, however, highlights the challenges of the journey. Salva is traumatized when he sees the dead bodies of those who did not make it out of the desert. Park clearly describes Salva's terror and his desperation when he discovers that Uncle Jewiir will not stay on at the camp.

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Instead, the older man will go back to fight in the Sudanese civil war. The author's description of the treacherous desert crossing reinforces the suffering and trials of Sudanese children during the war.

Unlike southern Sudan, it seemed that here in America every road was paved. At times, the cars whizzed by so fast, he was amazed that anyone on foot could cross safely. His new father, Chris, told him that dirt roads could exist out in the countryside, but there were none in Salva's new neighborhood.

In the above quote, Salva's amazement is clear: the difference between his Sudanese homeland and America could not be more stark. To him, America is a land of new experiences and wonders. He discovers email and how it lends immediacy to his communication...

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