I’ve written a few plays and short stories before. I even wrote a serial story for a small student publication once. In that tale, I wrote about a city sewer hide-away the protagonists used as a place of shelter and safety. The cave near En Jeppo has a similar purpose for Avri’s family.
They loaded it with supplies so that they could stay there a long time, free from the dangers and threats of their civil war. They were safe there. The cave served its purpose, but the family soon realized they needed more than safety.
It can be tempting simply to hide from societal problems, but hiding never helps to solve anything. I would offer that facing our fear helps to take away its power over us. It is often a better option to admit our difficulties and to address them and their consequences. That’s what Avri’s family came to believe about their refuge.