Remembering Francis Scopas – our friend and colleague
During the violence which broke out in Juba, South Sudan on Friday, July 8 our friend and colleague, Francis Scopas, was tragically killed.
Francis, who passed away aged 50, was a reliable and dedicated operational and logistical assistant who joined Adam Smith International South Sudan in 2013. He leaves behind his wife and four children, his brothers and a large extended family
In his usual selfless way, Francis was on his way to help make arrangements for a funeral in his community when this tragedy took place. He was part of the small three person Adam Smith International team in Juba, and his loss is profoundly felt by all.
Francis was a calm and quietly spoken man who always went the extra mile to help others. When new consultants arrived in South Sudan for the first time - a somewhat daunting experience - it was often Francis who met them on arrival. His warmth and friendly manner always put people at ease, and this reassurance was often commented on.
Francis was a dedicated employee, and selfless individual. He worked tirelessly in his local community, giving much of his free time to help teach children with no access to education. He was also volunteering in Juba, providing his knowledge and expertise to help build a project management training course for government personnel.
His greatest passion was languages and he was helping professors from the University of Juba to preserve some ancient tribal dialects and have them captured in a book.
South Sudan continues to be troubled by political and economic uncertainty, but the work Adam Smith International is carrying out - of which Francis was an integral part - is having an impact. We will remember Francis and his hard work and dedication to South Sudan. This tragic event only strengthens our resolve to continue to support the country’s path to peace and prosperity in every way we can.
This is the least we can do to preserve Francis’ memory and help the country he so dearly loved.
Francis was a valued member of our team and as a means of providing support to his family at this tragic time, we have established an online collection fund.
If you would like to donate, please click here.
Thank you in advance for your generous support.