A Long Walk to Water

A Long Walk to Water Characters

Salva Dut

Salva Dut is based on a real person, and one of the two main characters in A Long Walk to Water. Both in the book and in real life, Salva grows up in a… (read full character analysis)


Nya is the other main character in A Long Walk to Water, also based on a real person. A young girl, Nya spends much of her waking life walking to and from a large… (read full character analysis)

Uncle Jewiir

Uncle Jewiir, the uncle of Salva Dut, is a former South Sudanese soldier. During the middle portion of the book, Jewiir acts as a guardian and protector to Salva, while they and thousands of… (read full character analysis)
Minor Characters
Nya’s five-year-old sister, who suffers from gastrointestinal pain as a result of drinking dirty water.
A young member of the Jur-chol tribe, who walks alongside Salva Dut after they’re both forced out of their villages.
A young boy, Marial is Salva Dut’s only friend early on in the refugee crisis, who mysteriously disappears, possibly because he’s eaten by a lion.
The older brother of Nya.
An Irish aid worker who teaches Salva Dut how to read and write English, and how to play volleyball.
An American man who, along with his wife Louise, adopts Salva Dut, and later helps Salva found a nonprofit.
An American woman who, along with her husband Chris, adopts Salva Dut, and later helps Salva found a nonprofit.
Mawien Dut Ariik
The father of Salva Dut, who doesn’t appear in the book until the final pages.
A friend of Chris and Louise, who helps Salva Dut set up a nonprofit designed to help Sudanese villages.