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Volunteers return from Uganda a day after blasts

Posted July 12, 2010 9:55 p.m. EDT
Updated July 12, 2010 11:14 p.m. EDT

— A group of volunteers arrived back in the Triangle Monday after helping people in Uganda where bombings killed dozens of people the day before.

The missionary trip was organized by Wake Forest-based Embrace Uganda, a nonprofit organization that identifies needs and provides support to families and orphaned children.

The 36 volunteers learned about the two bombings in Uganda minutes after returning to the United States. The blasts killed 74 people who had gathered to watch Sunday's final World Cup game.

“We were just blocks away from where it happened, just a couple of days before it happened,” Paige Hamp with Embrace Uganda said.

Daniel Holland, 15, spent a month with the group in Uganda. He said the bombings make him worry about the people still volunteering there.

"They have so many problems and challenges going on right now and this just adds to it. They don't really need this (and) it brings them even further down than they already are,” Holland said.

Embrace Uganda volunteers are now sorting through handmade goods they bought in Africa. They will sell the items to raise money for the nonprofit.

"Bad things happen everywhere," Hamp said. "We were there doing God's work and my heart is aching for the people who lost people."

Embrace Uganda still has missionaries in Uganda. The missionaries, along with the people the volunteers served, are safe.

An ultraconservative Islamic group has claimed responsibility for Sunday's bombings.