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A Long Walk to Water

Author : Linda Sue Park

Genre : Children’s Books

Those of us who live in industrialized countries take running water from a tap for granted. It’s important for our grade-school age children and grandchildren to learn of what other children are facing in other parts of the world. A Long Walk to Water is based on a true story.

This is an excellent and heart-warming story of two children living in Sudan—Salva in 1985 and Nya in 2008. Nya, age 11 is from the Nuer tribe, and Salva, also age 11, is from the Dinka tribe. Nuer and Dinka tribes have been enemies for hundreds of years.

Nya walks four hours to the pond to fetch water for her family and then walks four hours back. Salva runs away from his war-torn village. He is a “lost boy” refugee, walking from the Sudan to an Ethiopian refugee camp and eventually to a Kenya refugee camp on foot, searching for his family and safety.

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