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An East African country with Nuclear ...
Kampala, Uganda
By Colllins Hinamundi
02 Jan 2017

Events that have unfolded in the country in the last 5 years point to the Uganda government’s resolve to use its uranium with in the country instead of exporting it. When the former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visited the country in 2010, he promised that Iran would help Uganda develop its nuclear energy programme, then early this year on the sidelines of a meeting he held with Rwanda’s president Paul kagame in Kampala, President yoweri Museveni revealed that the Government of Uganda is looking to nuclear energy to offset the power shortage in the country, then a week ago, the Government of Uganda signed a deal with the UN’s Atomic Energy watch Dog the International Atomic Energy Agency where the IAEA would help the country pursue civil nuclear capabilities, ranging from medical to energy. The deal was signed by Energy minister Irene Muloni according to the minister “The focus of the cooperation will be feasibility studies for nuclear power projects, uranium exploration and evaluation, cancer management, food and agriculture, water resources management and strengthening the national nuclear and radiation safety infrastructure.”
However Joshua Tuhumwire a former commissioner with the Department of Geology, survey and Mines says if Uganda is to ever have Nuclear energy, it will take about 20-50 more years and all this excitement around the issue is unnecessary.

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South Sudan Child Refugees 03
Adjumani District
By ric francis
22 Mar 2015

August 11, 2014 - Adjumani district (Ayilo Resettlement Area), Uganda - A group of South Sudanese boys play soccer. In response to fighting, which broke out in South Sudan in December 2013, thousands of refugees crossed the border at Nimule into northern Uganda. The fighting was between forces loyal to South Sudan president Salvar Kiir and his ex-vice president Rick Machar. (Photo by Ric Francis)

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South Sudan Child Refugees 04
Adjumani District
By ric francis
22 Mar 2015

August 12, 2014 - Adjumani district (Ayilo Resettlement Area), Uganda - Achol Gurech Nyok, 24, from Jonglei state (Bor town) in South Sudan, hangs clothing. In response to fighting, which broke out in South Sudan in December 2013, thousands of refugees crossed the border at Nimule into northern Uganda. The fighting was between forces loyal to South Sudan president Salvar Kiir and his ex-vice president Rick Machar. Achol and five family members fled after the area where they lived was attacked by rebels in January 2014. "We left running with nothing - we didn't even have time to pack food." It took them two weeks to reach Adjumani, Uganda. The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) flew them from Jongelei state to Juba and then put them on a bus to Uganda. (Photo by Ric Francis)

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South Sudan Child Refugees 05
Adjumani District
By ric francis
22 Mar 2015

August 12, 2014 - Adjumani district (Ayilo Resettlement Area), Uganda - South Sudanese refugees wait in line to receive aid at a distribution center. In response to fighting, which broke out in South Sudan in December 2013, thousands of refugees crossed the border at Nimule into northern Uganda. The fighting was between forces loyal to South Sudan president Salvar Kiir and his ex-vice president Rick Machar. (Photo by Ric Francis)

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South Sudan Child Refugees 06
Adjumani District
By ric francis
22 Mar 2015

August 12, 2014 - Adjumani district (Ayilo Resettlement Area), Uganda - Makal Mawut Abour, 14, from Jonglei state, stands in the entrance of a church (under construction) observing a crowd of fellow refugees waiting to receive aid at a distribution center. In response to fighting, which broke out in South Sudan in December 2013, thousands of refugees crossed the border at Nimule into northern Uganda. The fighting was between forces loyal to South Sudan president Salvar Kiir and his ex-vice president Rick Machar. (Photo by Ric Francis)

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South Sudan Child Refugees 07
Adjumani District
By ric francis
22 Mar 2015

August 12, 2014 - Adjumani district (Ayilo Resettlement Area), Uganda - A crowd of South Sudanese refugees wait to receive aid at a distribution site. In response to fighting, which broke out in South Sudan in December 2013, thousands of refugees crossed the border at Nimule into northern Uganda. The fighting was between forces loyal to South Sudan president Salvar Kiir and his ex-vice president Rick Machar. (Photo by Ric Francis)

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South Sudan Child Refugees 09
Adjumani District
By ric francis
22 Mar 2015

August 13, 2014 - Adjumani district (Ayilo Resettlement Area), Uganda - Several South Sudanese boys play a game using bottle caps and rocks they call "End." In response to fighting which broke out in South Sudan in December 2013, thousands of refugees crossed the border at Nimule into northern Uganda. The fighting was between forces loyal to South Sudan president Salvar Kiir and his ex-vice president Rick Machar. (Photo by Ric Francis)

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South Sudan Child Refugees 10
Adjumani District
By ric francis
22 Mar 2015

August 13, 2014 - Adjumani district (Ayilo Resettlement Area), Uganda - Mary Agok Hida, 27, makes porridge for her family; it's a family of two wives, their husband and nine children. They're from Jonglei state (Twic East County). After being forced to flee because of the war the family of 12 arrived in Uganda in January 2014. In response to fighting which broke out in South Sudan in December 2013, thousands of refugees crossed the border at Nimule into northern Uganda. The fighting was between forces loyal to South Sudan president Salvar Kiir and his ex-vice president Rick Machar. (Photo by Ric Francis)

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South Sudan Child Refugees 12
Adjumani District
By ric francis
22 Mar 2015

August 13, 2014 - Adjumani district (Ayilo Resettlement Area), Uganda - Children of South Sudanese refugees, who fled their country as a result of war, entertain themselves with a dance called "Daluka." In response to fighting which broke out in South Sudan in December 2013, thousands of South Sudanese refugees crossed the border at Nimule into northern Uganda. The fighting was between forces loyal to South Sudan president Salvar Kiir and his ex-vice president Rick Machar. (Photo by Ric Francis)

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South Sudan Child Refugees 13
Adjumani District
By ric francis
22 Mar 2015

August 13, 2014 - Adjumani district (Ayilo Resettlement Area), Uganda - Young South Sudanese refugees, who fled their country because of war, entertain themselves with a dance called "Daluka." Once a week they don their best clothing for this social event. However it's not unusual to find children (such as the girl on the right) who have only badly worn or few items of clothing. In response to fighting which broke out in South Sudan in December 2013, thousands of South Sudanese refugees crossed the border at Nimule into northern Uganda. (Photo by Ric Francis)

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South Sudan Child Refugees 14
Adjumani District
By ric francis
22 Mar 2015

August 11, 2014 - Adjumani district (Ayilo Resettlement Area), Uganda - Regina Aker, 11, center, from Malakal state in South Sudan, picks up debris on the grounds of her home. In response to fighting, which broke out in South Sudan in December 2013, thousands of refugees crossed the border at Nimule into northern Uganda. The fighting was between forces loyal to South Sudan president Salvar Kiir and his ex-vice president Rick Machar. (Photo by Ric Francis)

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Adjumani District
By ric francis
22 Mar 2015

August 11, 2014 - Adjumani district (Ayilo Resettlement Area), Uganda - A group of South Sudanese boys play soccer. In response to fighting, which broke out in South Sudan in December 2013, thousands of refugees crossed the border at Nimule into northern Uganda. The fighting was between forces loyal to South Sudan president Salvar Kiir and his ex-vice president Rick Machar. (Photo by Ric Francis)

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Adjumani District
By ric francis
22 Mar 2015

August 11, 2014 - Adjumani district (Ayilo Resettlement Area), Uganda - School children (refugees from South Sudan) loiter on the grounds of their outdoor school; they're waiting to be released for a one-month break. In response to fighting, which broke out in South Sudan in December 2013, thousands of refugees crossed the border at Nimule into northern Uganda. The fighting was between forces loyal to South Sudan president Salvar Kiir and his ex-vice president Rick Machar. (Photo by Ric Francis)

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South Sudan Child Refugees 17
Adjumani District
By ric francis
22 Mar 2015

August 13, 2014 - Adjumani district (Ayilo Resettlement Area), Uganda - South Sudanese children play a game called "Father or Mother," which involves hopping around a grid. In response to fighting, which broke out in South Sudan in December 2013, thousands of refugees crossed the border at Nimule into northern Uganda. The fighting was between forces loyal to South Sudan president Salvar Kiir and his ex-vice president Rick Machar. (Photo by Ric Francis)

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South Sudan Child Refugees 18
Adjumani District
By ric francis
22 Mar 2015

August 11, 2014 - Adjumani district (Ayilo Resettlement Area), Uganda - School children (refugees from South Sudan) loiter on the grounds of their outdoor school; they're waiting to be released for a one-month break. In response to fighting, which broke out in South Sudan in December 2013, thousands of refugees crossed the border at Nimule into northern Uganda. The fighting was between forces loyal to South Sudan president Salvar Kiir and his ex-vice president Rick Machar. (Photo by Ric Francis)

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South Sudan Child Refugees 19
Bor County
By ric francis
22 Mar 2015

August 27, 2014 - Bor County (Kondai Village - Makuach Payam), South Sudan - Wal Garang Dhiek, 42, (background - second from right) uses a stick embedded with a stone to keep birds from feasting on his sorghum field, as his family relax (left-to-right: his mother Nyaroor Kok Ajok, 70, wife Ayen Nhial Piel, 25, holding their son Nhial Wal Garang, 7-months, a young neighbor and his son Bil Wal Adhik, 5). Thousand of South Sudanese from this region became internally displaced refugees in Jonglei and Juba following the outbreak of fighting between forces loyal to South Sudan president Salvar Kiir and his ex-vice president Rick Machar in December 2013. The following is an interview with Wal Garang Dhiek, 42 and his wife Ayen Nhial Piel, 25: Please describe your current situation and the reasons for it. Mr. Dhiek: Life was good prior to the crisis but currently it is not as good. We used to have eight cows and twelve goats; all were stolen by the rebels. The children depended upon the milk from the cows. What is the hardest? Mrs. Piel: Illness is the hardest. The children fall sick and there is no money to see a doctor; they must recover at home. Currently both the baby and my husband's mother are sick. We think the baby may have malaria. His mother is having problems with her back. How has the conflict and the violence affected you and your family? Mr. Dhiek: We had to travel far to seek safety; we fled to Mathinag Island and stayed for three months. We suffered hunger and our barn was burned. The rebels killed my brother who was a soldier. What are your biggest needs at the moment? Mrs. Piel: We need help with the sickness. We can't afford money for medicine. The children need more nutritious food; there's no substitute for the lack of milk. Our main diet is sorghum. Photo by Ric Francis)

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Bor County
By ric francis
22 Mar 2015

August 27, 2014 - Bor County (Kondai Village - Makuach Payam), South Sudan - Ayen Nhial Piel, 25, prepares a meal. In the foreground are the burned remnants of the family's barn which was destroyed by looting rebels. Thousand of South Sudanese became internally displaced refugees in Jonglei and Juba following the outbreak of fighting between forces loyal to South Sudan president Salvar Kiir and his ex-vice president Rick Machar in December 2013. (Photo by Ric Francis)

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South Sudan Child Refugees 21
Bor County
By ric francis
22 Mar 2015

August 28, 2014 - Bor County (Malek Village - Kolnyang Payam), South Sudan - This section of a village has remained abandoned since its residents fled attacking rebels in December 2013. Thousand of South Sudanese became internally displaced refugees in Jonglei and Juba following the outbreak of fighting between forces loyal to South Sudan president Salvar Kiir and his ex-vice president Rick Machar in December 2013. (Photo by Ric Francis)

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Bor County
By ric francis
22 Mar 2015

August 28, 2014 - Bor County (Panweel Village - Kolnyang Payam), South Sudan - Refugees gather under a large three to distribute their monthly food rations. Thousand of South Sudanese became internally displaced refugees in Jonglei and Juba following the outbreak of fighting between forces loyal to South Sudan president Salvar Kiir and his ex-vice president Rick Machar, in December 2013. (Photo by Ric Francis)

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Bor County
By ric francis
22 Mar 2015

August 28, 2014 - Bor County (Panweel Village - Kolnyang Payam), South Sudan - Several children gather on the grounds of a food distribution area. Thousand of South Sudanese became internally displaced refugees in Jonglei and Juba following the outbreak of fighting between forces loyal to South Sudan president Salvar Kiir and his ex-vice president Rick Machar, in December 2013. (Photo by Ric Francis)

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Northern Uganda Today 03
Acholi sub-region
By ric francis
04 Mar 2015

July 17, 2014 - Codong Village (Agago District) - During school morning hours a group of young children loiter near their homes (Photo by Ric Francis)

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Northern Uganda Today 04
Acholi sub-region
By ric francis
04 Mar 2015

July 17, 2014 - Codong Village (Agago District) - During school morning hours a group of young children loiter near their homes. (Photo by Ric Francis)

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Northern Uganda Today 05
Acholi sub-region
By ric francis
04 Mar 2015

July 17, 2014 - Kalongo Town Council (Agago District), Uganda - During sunrise Phillips Oluoch, 12, left, who had to stop attending school because his family could not afford school fees, waits with his mother for several village women, as they make their way to work in the field. (Photo by Ric Francis)

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Northern Uganda Today 06
Acholi sub-region
By ric francis
04 Mar 2015

July 18, 2014 - Obolokome Village (Agago District) - School children head home at the end of the school day. (Photo by Ric Francis)

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Northern Uganda Today 07
Acholi sub-region
By ric francis
04 Mar 2015

July 18, 2014 - Obolokome Village (Agago District), Uganda - Three brothers, Phillips Ockch, 10, left, Moses Opany, 13, center, and Tonny Ojok, 12, (who's running after cows in the background) sit watching over the family's cattle; they missed school because of the chore. (Photo by Ric Francis)

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Northern Uganda Today 08
Acholi sub-region
By ric francis
04 Mar 2015

July 18, 2014 - Obolokome Village (Agago District) - Catherine Atto, 35, prepares a meal as her son, Samuel Orach, 5, center and daughter, Nighty Akanyo, 2, entertain themselves. Ms. Catherine has an injured foot which prevents her from working, hence another daughter (7 years old) had to stay home from school to work in the field as her replacement. Ms. Catherine stated that her 5 year old son doesn't attend school because the distance is too far for him to walk. (Photo by Ric Francis)

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Northern Uganda Today 09
Acholi sub-region
By ric francis
04 Mar 2015

July 16, 2014 - Patongo Town Council (Agago District), Uganda - Vironika Akidi, 9, right, whose hair displays ringworm, studies with Ilica Akello, 10, at their village school. (Photo by Ric Francis)

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Northern Uganda Today 10
Acholi sub-region
By ric francis
04 Mar 2015

July 16, 2014 - Patongo Town Council (Agago District) - Vironika Akidi, 9, right, whose hair displays ringworm, linesup with classmates. (Photo by Ric Francis)

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Northern Uganda Today 11
Acholi sub-region
By ric francis
04 Mar 2015

July 16, 2014 - Patongo Town Council (Agago District) - David Odoki Francis teaches class at a village school; new classrooms are under construction. (Photo by Ric Francis)

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Northern Uganda Today 12
Acholi sub-region
By ric francis
04 Mar 2015

July 19, 2014 - Patonga Town Council (Agago District) - Alice Angom, 37, bathes her 2-month old daughter while her sister Paddra Abe, 7, teasingly plays with her. There brother Onek Solomon, 10, observes. The siblings have been busy all morning assisting their mother with chores. (Photo by Ric Francis)

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Northern Uganda Today 13
Acholi sub-region
By ric francis
04 Mar 2015

July 19, 2014 - Patonga Town Council (Agago District), Uganda - Solomon Onek, 10, holds his two-month old nephew, Elvis Ogen; elsewhere his sister (the child's 19-year old mother) is doing household chores. The young mother dropped out of school because of the baby. (Photo by Ric Francis)

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Northern Uganda Today 14
Acholi sub-region
By ric francis
04 Mar 2015

July 19, 2014 - Patonga Town Council (Agago District) - Ferdinal Latim, 13, cuts grass along with his mother, right. (Photo by Ric Francis)

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Northern Uganda Today 15
Acholi sub-region
By ric francis
04 Mar 2015

July 19, 2014 - Patonga Town Council (Agago District) - Mercy Angom,12, coats the base of one of her family's huts with a fresh coat of cement. (Photo by Ric Francis)

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Northern Uganda Today 22
Acholi sub-region
By ric francis
04 Mar 2015

July 18, 2014 - Obolokome Village (Agago District), Uganda - As the sun rises a group of children walk to school. (Photo by Ric Francis)

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Northern Uganda Today 01
Acholi sub-region
By ric francis
04 Mar 2015

July 16, 2014 - Patongo Town Council (Agago District), Uganda - David Odoki Francis teaches at a village school; new classrooms are under construction. Northern Uganda is recovering from over two decades of armed conflict which resulted in the conscription, abduction and displacement of almost the entire population of the Acholi sub-region. (Photo by Ric Francis)

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Northern Uganda Today 02
Acholi sub-region
By ric francis
04 Mar 2015

July 17, 2014 - Codong Village (Agago District), Uganda - Lili Amony, 12, and Evelyn Akot, 7, carrying Samuel Ocen, her one-year old brother, return from working in the field; they did not attend school on this day because of chores. (Photo by Ric Francis)

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Uganda's NSSF hits 2billion dollar ma...
Kampala
By Colllins Hinamundi
28 Jan 2015

Uganda's is Eastafrica's gateway into central africa, it is at the centre of trade between more than 7 countries in the region, it has also got Eastafrica's only dollar billionaire Sudhir Ruparelia, and with the country's National social security fund portfolio hittting the 2billion dollar mark,it now has the regions largest fund. The fund is run by the ugandan government as a way of forcing workers in the private sector to save for their future and is mandated by law to collect savings from these companies on behalf of workers NSSF then INVESTS this money and pays it back with interest when the workers reach retirement age, or to their next of kin incase of death. over the last one year, the funds total assets have grown from 1.2 billion dollars to 2 billion dollars, compare to Kenya's NSSF which has an asset portfolio of 1.7Billion dollars and Tanzania that stands at 1.3 billion dollars.

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Northern Uganda Today 16
Acholi sub-region
By ric francis
04 Nov 2014

November 5, 2014 - Acutomer South Village (Pader district), Uganda - Charles Okot, 23, teaches literacy to students at the village school. (Photo by Ric Francis)