March 1, 2011 - The Uganda presidential election was held on Friday, February 18. On
Sunday, February 20, the Electoral Commission declared Yoweri Museveni the winner with
68 percent of the vote. Museveni has been president of Uganda for 25 years. Three-time
challenger Kizza Besigye took 26 percent of the vote.
The Electoral Commission stated that 59 percent of eligible voters participated in the
Besigye continues to challenge the election results.
November 13, 2010 - Hida Jessie Piersma had an interview with WKTV Channel 2's Gary
Liberatore on the WKTV Weekend Today show.
October 19, 2010 - Lanekatuk Memorial, Inc. announces its receipt of tax-exempt status as
determined by the IRS. The 501(c)(3) status qualifies Lanekatuk Memorial, Inc. to receive
tax-deductible bequests, devises, transfers, or gifts. As a public charity, those that sponsor
Lanekatuk Memorial, Inc. can receive a federal tax deduction.
Lanekatuk Memorial, Inc. was founded in 2009 by Ugandan American Hida Jessie Piersma.
Piersma, of New Hartford, survived a long and bloody regime under Idi Amin and the LRA
rebellion led by Joseph Kony in her homeland, as well as the murder of her father, Augustino
Lanek-Atuk, after whom the organization is named. Piersma has also authored her
autobiography, "The Gnawing Thoughts," which details her struggles overcoming obstacles
in Uganda, immigrating to Italy, and eventually the United States.
In a recent interview Piersma stated, "My goal is to open a medical clinic and school in my
old home in memory of my father. To that end, I have founded Lanekatuk Memorial, Inc.
The war in northern Uganda is considered over, but after nearly 20 years of war and
devastation, the Ugandan government is telling people to return to their villages, while in truth
there is literally nothing to return home to; where 20 years ago a village once stood, now
there is nothing but bush and rock."
The mission of Lanekatuk Memorial, Inc. is to bring health, education, and social intellectual
development to people whose lives were negatively impacted in the war zones of northern
The primary aims of the organization are to provide and expand education and healthcare
services, practicing sustainable development in these fields throughout northern Uganda.
September 2, 2010 - Utica College has posted an Alumni Profile about Hida Jessie Piersma
on their website. CLICK HERE to view the profile.
August 18, 2010 - "The Gnawing Thoughts" is now available in Kindle
Edition. CLICK HERE for details.
Hida Jessie Piersma was featured in the Utica Observer-Dispatch Lifestyles
section on July 24, 2010. CLICK HERE to view the article.
"The Gnawing Thoughts" may be purchased by clicking the "BOOK" link or at the
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"The Gnawing Thoughts" is also available at the following libraries:
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