Essay Questions For A Long Walk To Water

  • 1

    What was the political background in the year when the novel started?

    The novel started in the year 1982, two years into the Sudanese civil war. The war was between the government of the country and the Muslim rebel groups that tried to impose sharia law in the country. Another reason was the fight over natural resources and thus in a way the war can also be considered as being between the south of the country and the north of the country. Either way, the Sudanese civil war is considered as being the most brutal civil war in history and millions of lives were affected as a result. Many villages were destroyed and millions of people were forced to flee their homes and run to neighboring countries such as Ethiopia. Some of the challenges the people had to face during the war are presented in the novel, including descriptions about what it was like to live in a refugee camp.

  • 2

    Why did Salva spend the night vomiting after eating food for the first time in an extended period of time?

    When Salva’s uncle managed to hunt down an antelope, everyone in the group ate that night but instead of feeling good, they all spend the rest of the night sick, throwing up the food they ate before. The reason why their body reacted this way is because their stomachs became accustomed to eating little food. Because food was introduced into their diets in a chaotic manner, the members of the group got sick, their bodies not being able to stomach and keep down the food they ate.

  • 3

    Why was Salva sent to America in the year 2001?

    The civil war in Sudan left more than 20.000 children were separated from their families and forced to flee to either Nigeria of Ethiopia, seeking help. The children never reunited with their families as most became orphans during the war and in 1996, at least 17.000 children still remained in the refugee camps. In the year 2001, the United States of America started a program entitled the Lost Boys of Sudan that had the purpose of resettling some of the orphans in the country. As a result, in the year 2001, more than 3800 children were taken from Sudan and adopted by American couples. The children then were either sent to school or helped to find a job in the new country. Salva was among the children chosen to go to America and there he was able to receive a good education that enabled him later to start a non-profit organization.

  • ГЛАВА 5 Куда все подевались? - думала Сьюзан, идя по пустому помещению шифровалки.  - Ничего себе чрезвычайная ситуация. Хотя большинство отделов АНБ работали в полном составе семь дней в неделю, по субботам в шифровалке было тихо.

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