Chapter 13, Southern Sudan 2009: The drilling process for the well is slow an problems keep occurring, the drill needs water to keep the drill running so the drilling crew has to go to the pond several times a day. The bag they use to carry water has multiple leaks and must be patched. The workers become discouraged but their boss keeps them working.
Chapter 13, Ethiopia, Sudan, and Kenya, 1991-1992: As the men were firing their guns people were jumping into the river, for many people, the current was too strong and either drowned or were swept away, crocodiles were also attacking people who jumped in the water. The soldiers then started shooting at the people trying to cross the river, Salva jumps in the water as his only choice, and another boy grabs him, almost drowning him. The boy lets go because he is shot and killed and Salva realized the boy probably saved his life by forcing him under the water. Salva eventually reaches the other side of the river, but soon finds out over 1,000 people died trying. Salva became a leader of orphaned boys who escaped the soldiers, the Gilo River, and the crocodiles. The boys are headed to Kenya, where there are other refugee camps, Salva often thinks of his family as he guides the boys toward safety. It takes a year and a half to walk to the camps
Chapter 14, Southern Sudan, 2009: After many days of drilling, water starts to come out of the hole, people begin to cheer and celebrate but Nya becomes concerned because the water is brown and dirty.
Chapter 14, Ifo refugee camp, Kenya, 1992-1996: Salva is now 22 years old and has been in Kenyan refugee camps for 5 years. Some of the people at the camps were families, but most were orphaned boys and young men, life in the camps was difficult, there was little food and much sickness. Salva makes friends with Michael, an aid worker, who starts to teach him English and how to play volleyball. Salva hears a rumor that some boys will be sent to the United States. One day, Salva’s name finally appears on a list saying that he will be going to Rochester, New York.
Chapter 15, Southern Sudan, 2009: Nya’s brother explains to her that the reason the water is muddy is because it is mixed with the water from the pond. He tells Nya that they will keep drilling and eventually will get to clean water. Then they will have to put pipes and gravel in the ground, pour cement and wait for the cement to dry. Nya is still disappointed that she will have several more days of hauling water from the pond.
Chapter 15, Nairobi, Kenya, Rochester New York, 1996: Salva has to undergo a lengthy process to prepare for his trip to America, he has to take three planes to get to Rochester. When he arrives he meets his new family, Chris, Louise, and four other siblings. The family gives him more clothes before they leave the airport. Salva bravely takes his first steps into the cold of America.
Chapter 16, Southern Sudan, 2009: Now men are clearing even more land. Nya asks her father why they are doing this and he tells her they are getting ready to build.
Chapter 16, Rohester New York, 1996-2003: Salva is amazed at life in America, so much is different from his experiences in Sudan. He is learning English and is grateful for his patient, kind adoptive family. Six years pass and Salva is in college, studying business. He knows he one day wants to help people in Sudan then, he receives an email from a distant cousin saying his father is alive and about to undergo stomach surgery. Salva is very excited and immediately starts planning a trip to see his father. It takes several months to arrange the travel, but he finally arrives back in Sudan.
Chapter 17, Southern Sudan, 2009: Nya learns that they are building a school where all children of all genders can go to learn. Nya is very excited because she will learn to read and write.
Chapter 17, Sudan, Rochester New York, 2003-2007: Salva is finally reunited with his father, who is shocked that Salva is alive and well, his father never gave up hope that Salva was alive. Salva hears that his mother, sisters, and one brother are still alive, his two other brothers were killed in the war. Salva’s father is in the hospital because he is sick from drinking unclean water over many years. As Salva heads back to America, he constructs a plan how he can help the people of Sudan, he began to talk to groups of people and tell his story while raising money for a project in Sudan.
Chapter 18, Southern Sudan, 2009: The well is finally finished and Nya no longer has to spend her days walking to fetch unclean water, Nya learns that a school in America raised the money to build the well. Because of the well, the village will have a school, a new marketplace and even a clinic. Nya’s brother tells her that the crew leader is a Dinka who has built many wells for his people, but this year, he decided to build one for the Nuer. Nya is shocked that a Dinka would do this and goes to thank a man named Salva.