No one could forget the poignant walk that Princess Diana took through an Angola minefield back in 1997.
Decades later, Prince Harry has picked up where his mother left off and is continuing her work to clear dangerous landmines around the world. On the fifth day of the royal Africa tour, he visited a HALO Trust mine site outside Dirico in Angol where he met with community members to learn more about the de-mining efforts.
Harry also gave a speech to talk about the importance of clearing the landmines for the benefit of the population. “This historic commitment is a key step forward for the movement to rid the world of mines and lay the foundation for a safe and just future for the next generation,” he explained. “Landmines are an unhealed scar of war. By clearing the landmines, we can help this community find peace, and with peace comes opportunity.”
“Later today I will visit Huambo, to see the place where my mother walked through a minefield in 1997. Once heavily mined, the second city of Angola is now safe,” he added. “With the right international support, this land around us here can also be like Huambo – a landmine-free, diverse, dynamic, and thriving community, connected to and benefitting from all that it has to offer.”
Buckingham Palace also released a statement acknowledging Harry meaningful work. “The Duke is humbled to be visiting a place and a community that was so special to his mother, and to recognize her tireless mission as an advocate for all those she felt needed her voice the most, even if the issue was not universally popular.”
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