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The Ashinaga Scholarship Society, a Tokyo-based group to support children orphaned by accidents or illness, held an international exchange meeting Tuesday for earthquake and AIDS orphans, including six from Uganda, organizers said.

Children orphaned by earthquakes in Turkey, El Salvador, India and Taiwan were also invited.

The society started the exchange last year to help children who lost their parents in the 1995 Kobe earthquake and other quakes, including those that occurred in Taiwan and Colombia.

The organizers said a U.N. survey shows Uganda has the world’s largest number of AIDS orphans.

The society sent workers there to assess the situation and support orphans’ psychological well-being as they face discrimination.

The children are expected to stay at a campsite from today to Saturday on an island under the jurisdiction of the town of Ieshima, Hyogo Prefecture.

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