Prince Harry visited Huambo in Angola, the site where Princess Diana was famously pictured walking across a landmine zone. Developments announced today have shown Prince Harry’s continued support, of the same cause his mother worked tirelessly to raise the profile of, is helping to eradicate the world of landmines.
It has been announced that the UK will give up to £2 million to Zimbabwe to help remove landmines.
The government said they will match public donations made to the Halo Trust’s Zimbabwe appeal.
The announcement comes after the Duke of Sussex brought the cause to the forefront during his recent royal tour of Africa.
International Development Secretary Alok Sharma said: “Landmines are indiscriminate weapons of war that maim and kill innocent men, women and children.
Prince Harry visited the same site as his mother, Princess Diana, did in 1997
Princess Diana famously walked across a landmine site in 1997
“Their devastation lasts long after conflict has ended.”
Pictures of Princess Diana during her trip to Angola made the newspapers in 1997.
The Princess of Wales was pictured in protective body armour and a visor, as she walked across a minefield site in the country.
Diana’s actions in Angola helped to bring the issue of landmines to the forefront.
Princess Diana brought the issue of landmines to the forefront of discussion
Prince Harry visited the site Diana was famously pictured walking over two decades ago.
However, Huambo is now a bustling area of shops and schools, a testament to Princess Diana’s mission to eradicate the region of land munitions.
Prior to visiting Huambo, the Duke of Sussex said during his tour of Angola: “Landmines are an unhealed scar of war.
“By clearing the landmines we can help this community find peace, and with peace comes opportunity.
“Additionally, we can protect the diverse and unique wildlife that relies on the beautiful Kuito river that I slept beside last night.
“That river and those wildlife are your natural assets and, if looked after, will bring you unlimited opportunities in the conservation-led economy.”
The Duke of Sussex added: “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.
Prince Harry visited Angola as part of a royal tour of Africa last month
“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.”
The Halo Trust aims to clear 105,600 square metres of land in Zimbabwe in a year.
The charity said this would help more than 3000 people to get access to safe land, which will help to create jobs and produce food.
James Cowan of the Halo Trust said: “We will clear twice as many minefields and help twice as many people thanks to this new support.”