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Uganda | November 17, 2013

Photos by James Akena/Reuters

Captions : 

1. Gold miners work at an open-pit gold mine in Lukingi village in Mubende district, 150 km (90 miles) southwest of Uganda’s capital Kampala.

2. A gold miner displays a piece of raw gold nugget at an open-pit gold mine in Lukingi village.

3. A man covered in dust works at an open-pit gold mine in Lukingi village.

4. A female gold miner uses a plastic basin to wash rock dust with water, to extract gold nuggets, in Lukgngi village.

5. A general view of makeshift shelters erected by some estimated 2000 miners who camped at an open-pit gold mine is seen in Lukingi village.

6. A miner works at an open-pit gold mine in Lukingi village.

7. A gold miner wears a head torch as he breaks rocks at a gold mine in Lukingi village.

8. A boy washes stone dust in search of gold nuggets at an open-pit gold mine in Lukingi village.

9. A man carries a sack of rocks at an open-pit gold mine in Lukingi village.

10. Youths covered in dust work at an open-pit gold mine in Lukingi village.

Sole Hope Executive Director Dru Collie speaks with children seated in a circle as they wear new shoes after undergoing jigger removal and treatment by Sole Hope in Kalebera village, Jinja district, Uganda, on August 6, 2015. The problem of jigger parasites, female sand fleas that burrow their way under skin, is widespread in the eastern, northern, and northeastern parts of Uganda. Left untreated, the parasite can lead to secondary infections that can be fatal. NGO Sole Hope works with local and international volunteers to treat sufferers, removing the parasites either with safety pins or razor blades. Encouraging people to cover their feet is part of the battle against the parasite; treatment includes a free pair of shoes, as very few of those affected are able to afford even sandals. Photograph: James Akena