Reading for a Lifetime Together

A Long Walk To Water
April 11, 2012, 2:36 am
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Matthew Stehnach

A Long Walk To Water, is a true story that is based on The Lost Boys who traveld from Sudan into Ethiopia, and lastly into Kenya. The book is actually split into two books that eventually entertwine.

The First book is told by Salva, who was separated from his family by war and forced to travel on foor through hundreds of miles of hostile territory. This alone is challenging enough, but what is truly amazing is that Salva does all this while leading a group of over one hundred and fifty boys to safety in Kenya. Salva and the other children travel hundreds of miles forum Sudan to Kenya. Once in the safety of Kenya, Salva is of the three thousand chosen to be relocated to the United States. Once in New York Salva learns English and continues to go onto college with the help of his new family. Eventually he returns home to southern Sudan to establish a foundation to build deep water wells for clean water for villages in dire need. This is where He runs into Nya a young girl who is one of those villagers.

Nya ever since she was able to walk has had to fetch water from a pond that is a two hour walk from her village, twice a day. It is unimaginable seeing someone no older than me that has to walk back and forth carrying water for 8 hours each day.

Overall, I give this book four and a half stars. Although, it mostly caught my eye due to the recent “Kony 2012” breakout, it is sad to know that most have never heard of these hardships, and I am glad that I picked up and read this book as it really opens your eyes and gives more knowledge of the world around us.


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