A Long Walk to Water Chapters 5-7 Summary & Analysis

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A Long Walk to Water Chapters 5-7 Summary & Analysis

Chapter Five Summary

Southern Sudan, 2008

Nya’s family has moved to the area of a nearly dry lakebed every year when everything else dries up. They only live there during that season because her tribe, the Nuers, and the Dinkas fight bitterly over the land surrounding the lake. Though Nya has to dig a hole as deep as her arm only to get a few gourds full of muddy water, this is how her family survives.

Southern Sudan, 1985

After many stings, the band of walkers enjoys the honey, except for one man whose tongue is swollen so badly that he cannot eat. As Salva is walking along, he steps on the hand of a boy. They boy speaks Dinka, but with a different accent. His name is Marial, and he understands Salva’s longing for his family. He tells Salva they were walking east, toward Ethiopia.

Soon the group arrives in Autuot land—the ones known as lion people because they were believed to return to life as lions who eat people after they die. This part of Sudan is filled with wildebeests, gnus, and antelopes, plus all their natural predators. The group of wanderers would often wake at night to the screams of the kill. One morning Salva wakes to someone behind him saying his name!

Chapter Six Summary

Southern Sudan, 2008

Nya’s mother hates staying in a tent at the lake because they have few implements for living—but she hates it even more so because the men have to go out and hunt. They are in constant danger of being wounded or killed by the rival Dinka.

Southern Sudan, 1985

Salva’s Uncle Jewiir returns from the army carrying a rifle, and he finds the boy. Jewiir becomes very silent when Salva tells him when he had last seen his family. The other tribesmen look up to Jewiir because of his military background and his rifle. That evening he shoots an antelope, and there is a feast for all, paid for by the vomiting sickness that follows after the starving eat their first large meal.

One day the group walks the entire perimeter in a vain attempt to find water….

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