Obituary: Dr. Thomas Lul


Dr. Thomas Lul was killed in crossfire on Christmas Day in 2013 in Bor as he ventured out of a United Nations camp for displaced people.

After working under gunfire in the hospital, the 45-year-old was killed outside the UN camp where he had taken shelter with his wife, whom he had married only a week before the war.


He was one of 15 doctors who left Canada several years ago to work in South Sudan.


Dr. Lul was among the “Lost Boys” who escaped from civil war in the 1980s and walked to Ethiopian refugee camps. He was trained as a doctor in Cuba and went to Canada, where Samaritan’s Purse supported his trainings and re-location to South Sudan after the war.


He was described as a courageous and self-sacrificing.