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Dau Deng Ador

January 1, 2003 — January 4, 2024

Sioux City, Iowa

   Dau Deng Ador's journey began on a day etched in the somber history of Kakuma refugee camp, where the echoes of adversity and resilience shaped the fabric of his existence. Born on January 1, 2003, he emerged as the youngest in a family of nine, thrust into a world where love and unity faced the crucible of heart-wrenching loss.

  The Ador family, comprising two sisters and seven brothers, bore the weight of profound heartache, having endured the loss of four brothers and one sister. Yet, amidst the shadows of grief that cast long, dark veils over their lives, Dau's surviving siblings showcased an extraordinary strength and unity, weaving a tapestry of resilience within the tightly-knit bonds of family. Kakuma, a place that bore witness to both sorrow and resilience, set the stage for their collective journey.

   In the absence of his father, Deng Ador, Dau sought solace in the unwavering strength of his mother, Aduk Deng Maketh. Aduk, a towering pillar of resilience and determination, assumed the roles of both parents, offering a stable foundation for Dau and his siblings. Within the humble walls of their abode, Dau imbibed the invaluable lessons of family, perseverance, and the profound importance of community.

   The Ador family nurtured dreams of a brighter future in the United States, envisioning a life beyond the confines of Kakuma. Yet, due to age differences, some siblings, including Dau, couldn't accompany their mother initially. Despite this separation, the family clung tenaciously to dreams of a joyous reunion on foreign soil, where unity and hope would once again illuminate their path.

  Dau, alongside his mother, seized an opportunity through the humanitarian process and found himself resettled in the USA. Navigating the labyrinth of challenges and opportunities that accompanied adapting to a new life, he became an integral part of the Dinka congregation at St. Thomas Church in Iowa. His journey became a living testament to the resilience of the human spirit, navigating obstacles and discovering solace in the warm embrace of faith and community. 

   Yet, on the cruel eve of December 24, 2023, tragedy struck again. Dau Deng Ador, a beacon of hope for his family, disappeared, leaving an agonizing void in the hearts of those who cherished him. The circumstances surrounding his disappearance remained veiled in mystery, casting a suffocating shadow of sorrow and concern over his family and community.

  In a heart-wrenching turn of events, Dau's life was cut short, his body discovered later by Sergeant Bluff. The shock and grief that descended upon those who knew him were immeasurable, leaving a community engulfed in mourning.

  As we bid a tearful farewell, let us remember Dau Deng Ador not for the tragic end of his story, but for the vibrant spirit he embodied—a young man who faced adversity with unwavering resilience, embraced hope in the face of despair, and sought solace in the tender embrace of faith and community. May his memory endure as a poignant testament to the enduring strength of the human spirit, and may he find eternal peace cradled in the arms of the divine.

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Funeral Service

Saturday, January 27, 2024

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Central time)

St. Thomas Episcopal Church

1200 Douglas St, Sioux City, IA 51105

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