When the novel opens, this 11-year-old boy lives in the small village of Loun-Ariik in Southern Sudan. He and his family are part of the Dinka tribe. When his school comes under fire from the war, he flees with many other refugees and travels further and further from his village and family.
This 11-year-old girl lives in a small village in Southern Sudan. She and her family are members of the Nuer tribe. Every day for seven months out of the year, she must walk twice daily from her village to a small pond hours away to fetch water for her family.
This character has been in the army and still has his rifle. He is smart and capable, and soon becomes the leader of the group of refugees fleeing Sudan.
Mawien Dut Ariik
This is the father of the protagonist. Several years after...
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