By Kwame Ismail Nkurunziza
Hundreds of people especially from Northern Uganda, where Brother Fratel Elio Crotche lived for many years, are mourning after they received news that the Italian missionary who arrived in Uganda in 1971 had succumbed to COVID-19 at Mulago National Referral Hospital, on Wednesday evening.
Announcing his death on Facebook one of Bro. Crotche’s friends, Gulio Albanese, posted last night on Facebook that the missionary had passed away as a result of COVID-19.
Crotche, who had lived through 3 coups and had survived many battles including Ebola in 2000, was loved for his wonderful work in civil engineering.
He was doing construction works at St Mary’s Hospital Lacor and helping disadvantaged children at St Jude Orphanage.
Reacting to the death of the Comboni Missionary, Jimmy Odoki, son of Betty Ocan, the Leader of Opposition and the Coordinator of Heart Sounds Gulu, described the late as an outstanding and extraordinary kind man, who donated wheelchairs to many amputated victims of LRA war and helped many youth to acquire construction skills.
“He cared for the disadvantaged and underprivileged hence his work at St Jude Orphanage. Bro Elio’s work will live on through the people he impacted,” Paul Kiffasi the director of Irene Gleenson Foundation, wrote in a WhatsApp group.
He added that; “I wish a selfless servant like Brother Elio who dedicated his skills and life to the people of Acoli for decades, through good and bad times, would have been honored while still a live”.
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