(Nairobi) December 15, 2012 — It is with profound sadness that Jesuit Refugee Service Eastern Africa announces the sudden and tragic demise of our colleague Angelo Lagu, JRS South Sudan Country Director.
On the evening of Thursday, December 6, Mr. Lagu finalized the handover of the Nimule compound and assets to the Representatives of the Catholic Diocese of Torit in Nimule, and was on his way home to Loa when he met his fateful death at around 6.30pm in a road accident.
Mr. Lagu is survived by his wife, Mrs. Joyce Lagu, three children and four grandchildren. Apart from his immediate family, he was also taking care of his mother, his sister, and other relatives. In this painful moment, may we all join together to pray for the family and provide any support that is necessary.
Tributes to Mr. Lau from colleagues can be read on the JRS Eastern Africa website by clicking here.
Mr. Lau wrote movingly from a personal perspective of the power of education. Please click here to read that article.
Mr. Lagu joined JRS in Adjumani in 2003 as Primary Education Assistant. Before then, he was the Head-teacher of one of the supported school of JRS in Adjumani. He then became the Primary Coordinator. In 2008, he was appointed the Project Director of JRS Adjumani and supervised the successful closure of the project. After Adjumani, he moved to Nimule as Assistant Project Director for JRS Nimule and later became Project Director in 2010. In June 2010, he was appointed the Country Director for JRS South Sudan, a position he was holding until his fateful death.
"The untimely death of Mr. Lagu leaves a huge gap in our hearts for we have known him as a man who spoke from his heart, dedicated himself to the service of his people, and never tired to traverse a difficult terrain to ensure that service was rendered to the people we serve in South Sudan," said JRS Eastern Africa Regional Director Deogratias M. Rwezaura S.J.
"His belief in education as an instrument of development and his dedication to bring this about in his own life and in the lives of the forcibly displaced while in exile in Uganda and upon return to his home country remains something for which to pay a great tribute to him."