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Sister Jean B. Bingham, first counselor in the Primary general presidency for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and Sharon Eubank, director of the church’s Humanitarian Services and LDS Charities, recently returned from a trip to Uganda where they witnessed firsthand how relief agencies are helping in the refugee camps.

The two sisters, accompanied by UNICEF, visited the Bidi Bidi refugee resettlement center of more than 250,000 people, one of the largest such settlements in the world.

A video and photos, along with a summary of the trip, was posted on Mormon Newsroom Wednesday afternoon.

“It was heartwarming to see the faces of the refugees change from weary to relieved as they received immediate services,” Sister Bingham said in the newsroom article.

The experience was full of unforgettable scenes, Eubanks said.

“One of the people that I am never going to forget was [as] the buses pulled up at the reception center … a mother was the first one out of the bus, and she was carrying a little baby, and she had three little kids clinging onto her skirt. And you could just see as she walked up toward the registration tent, the relief washing over her,” Eubank said in the Newsroom article.

In the last year, Latter-day Saints doubled the amount of donations to the faith’s humanitarian fund in connection with its “I Was a Stranger” initiative, as reported in the Deseret News last week.



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