Prince Harry has arrived in the southern African nation of Angola to visit mine clearance projects run by the same charity backed by his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.
Diana visited Angola in support of the Halo Trust in 1997, not long before her death in a car crash in Paris.
Images of her wearing protective gear as she witnessed mine-clearing efforts in the towns of Huambo and Kuito helped draw the world’s attention to the suffering caused by landmines. Her son’s private visit to Angola comes three years after he traveled to Mozambique to see Halo’s work there.
“Prince Harry is visiting a number of demining teams across the region and will be touring minefields and meeting with beneficiaries of Halo’s work,” said the charity’s chief executive, Guy Willoughby.
The trip will include a stop in the southern Angolan town of Cuito Cuanavale — which according to Halo is believed to be the most heavily mined town in Africa.
The remote town, population 43,000, was heavily mined and attacked during Angola’s long-running civil war — and work to make it safe for its residents continues today.
Halo has removed and destroyed 21,300 anti-personnel and anti-tank mines from the area so far, with its efforts steadily moving out from the town center to areas farther afield.