|Birth: ||Jan. 1, 1974|
|Death: ||Nov. 13, 2004|
Sudanese ‘Lost Boy' Remembered As Exceptional Man
(Excerpts from "The Georgia Bulletin" article)
ATLANTA—A fund is being established to help the widow and children of Augustino Adowe, a Sudanese refugee whose perilous journeys in this world ended last month tragically when he was killed in a multi-car accident near Newnan.
Mr. Adowe, 30, died Nov. 13 when the van he was driving struck a tow truck on I-85 south at the scene of a two-car accident allegedly caused by a drunk driver. His van was then struck by a truck.
The Adowe family was among the refugee families relocated in the Atlanta Archdiocese by Catholic Social Services, and he was one of the young men known as the Lost Boys of Sudan, who crossed African nations on foot and lived in refugee camps after being separated from their parents during Sudan's civil war.
He and his wife, Asino Jibo, have five children, Bendigo, Mary, Rebecca, Matthew and John, and guardianship of a niece, Awa.
...The Lost Boys walked from Sudan into Ethiopia where they stayed in refugee camps for about four years, she said. Then war broke out in Ethiopia, and they had to journey back through Sudan to refugee camps in Kenya.
"They were traveling together as a band of brothers, 30,000 or so," she said. "Half of their numbers died."
Parishioners at All Saints and Corpus Christi spoke of their respect and love for Mr. Adowe.
"He was an exceptional man," said Mary Koponen of Corpus Christi. "Augustino stood out because of the way he was so polite . . . He was a gentleman . . . He was so appreciative of everything I did. Everything he did was so touching. "
"I am grieving because I lost one of my best friends," she said.
...John Francis of All Saints Church said, "My impression of him as a human being is that he was a very strong, very gentle human being. It was just a joy to work with him and the whole family. He was just a prince of a human being."
"I think of him and his whole family as being plucked out of the 17th century and plunked down here. It was more than his mind could absorb," Francis said. "Nonetheless he was making progress."
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Record added: Jul 23, 2006
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