A Long Walk to Water Chapters 14-15 Summary & Analysis

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A Long Walk to Water Chapters 14-15 Summary & Analysis

Chapter Fourteen Summary      

Southern Sudan, 2009

After three days, the men finally hit water. Nya watches as everyone marvels, shouts, and laughs. The two drillers are ere especially funny because they are drenched with the water. However, the water is muddy, not clean and clear as Nya had expected.

Ifo Refugee Camp, Kenya, 1992-96

Kakuma refugee camp is surrounded by barbed wire. The inhabitants are not allowed to leave unless it is for good. At age 22, Salva has lived in several refugee camps. His life consists of forever waiting—for food, for news from the world beyond the barbed wire. The atmosphere is almost uninhabitable. For example, outsiders would sneak in and steal the residents’ things. He wishes he could work and save some money, perhaps for his education, but no work exists.

Salva finally decides to set out for another refugee camp he has heard of—Ifo, a walk of several months. Several boys follow him as he wanders. Ifo, however, is no better. People never have enough food and sickness abounds. Salva is thankful for his health. However, Salva simply spends more time waiting there—years in fact.

English-speaking camp workers are plentiful at the camp. Salva develops a friendship with one named Michael after trying to speak some English he had picked up. Michael is impressed and agrees to teach Salva English. Salva had studied Arabic with its twenty-eight letters in school, but it is different from English because the letters change the way they look depending on what other letter they are beside. Salva masters the ABCs first, and then learns to spell his name. Michael teaches Salva something else exciting too—how to play volleyball.

One day a rumor surfaces—some of the refugees would be going to America. The aid workers confirm it. People allowed would have to be of good health and not have families. Neither could they have fought with the rebels. When the lists of names start being posted, Salva’s name does not appear—time after time, he looks only to be disappointed, but finally one day a friend yells to him that Salva’s name is on the new list! Salva reads…

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