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A Jesuit priest, Fr Victor-Luke Odhiambo, was killed by unknown assailants who broke into the Jesuit residence in Cueibet, South Sudan on the night of 14 November 2018.
 
Fr Odhiambo, originally from Kenya, was an educationist with vast experience. He previously headed a Jesuit school in Tanzania. He moved to South Sudan about ten years ago and has been involved in teacher training in Wau and Rumbek. Fr Odhiambo was passionate about the Jesuit mission in South Sudan, and believed that education was the best of helping the young country.
 
On the night of 14 November, Fr Odhiambo was in the living room watching television when the assailants broke into the house and shot him dead. There were four other Jesuit companions in the house who had already retired to bed at the time. When they heard commotion and gun shots ring out in the house, the other companions raised alarm. The assailants fled, but they had already killed Fr Odhiambo.
 
Security personnel responded to the alarm, and secured the residence.
 
Fr Victor-Luke Odhiambo was born on 20 January 1956. He entered the Society of Jesus on 4 July 1978, was ordained to the Priesthood on 22 August 1987, and made final vows on 30 May 1993. 

Reaction of Fr. Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator, President Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar

The news of the tragic murder of Fr. Victor-Luke Odhiambo SJ in Cueibet, South Sudan, has shocked and saddened us all. May his soul rest in peace.

His death also wakes us up to the almost-forgotten tragedy of South Sudan. The violence that daily convulses the lives of millions of South Sudanese beggars belief.

Victor-Luke died a painful death, but it was for a cause. I know from personal experience that he believed the Jesuits should be in South Sudan because it was the greatest place of need in the province of Eastern Africa.

His death calls us and the world to wake up to the sad reality of South Sudan. We need to send a strong message to the international community.

Kindly find attached a Press Statement by the Jesuits of Africa and Madagascar on Fr. Odhiambo’s death and witness and the situation of South Sudan. The Statement not only describes and denounces the tragedy of violence and conflict, but is also intended to serve as a tool for international advocacy on behalf of South Sudan.

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