A Long Walk to Water Chapters 10-11 Summary & Analysis

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A Long Walk to Water

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A Long Walk to Water Chapters 10-11 Summary & Analysis

Chapter Ten Summary

Southern Sudan, 2008

The men from the jeep, after talking to the chief, locate two trees and pronounce that the place where water will be found. Nya thinks they are crazy. There is never water there except when it rains.

Southern Sudan, 1985

Salva feels how little is in his water gourd as he contemplates sharing with the unlucky victims of the sun. His uncle tells him no, that as young as he is, he would never survive giving up some of his water. A few of the men are revived from the water, but their five dead companions have to be left to the vultures, there being no time to bury them.

After the third day in the desert they would soon be out and approaching Itang, the Ethiopian refugee camp. Uncle tells Salva that he would only be taking him to the camp, but then he’d have to return to the fighting. When Salva inquires about his parents, whether they would be at the camp, Uncle sadly tells him their whole village had been destroyed with few survivors. Salva begins to realize he is going to be alone, without family, at the refugee camp. Uncle assures him that he will find many friends who will need him as much as he needs them. When Salva asks his uncle if he would tell his parents where he is should he meet them, he says he will. Salva still has a glimmer of hope that they all might be reunited.

Eventually the group comes to the edge of the desert where they find a dead stork and some muddy water. The water is not fit to drink, but they prepare to roast the stork. All of a sudden, a group of Nuer men with guns and machetes spring upon the group. They rob them, even taking some of their clothes. They take Uncle’s gun and tie him to a tree, even though he tells him they are simply on their way to a refugee camp. In the end, three shots ring out, all aimed at Uncle.

Chapter Eleven Summary

Southern Sudan, 2008

In Nya’s village,…

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