Harry said clearing Angola’s mines would take’ an international effort ‘. Photograph: Pool/ Samir Hussein/ WireImage
Having previously pledged to continue the work of his mother, Harry called for an international effort to clear remaining landmines from the Okavango watershed in the Angolan highlands- a legacy of the country’s civil campaign that ended in 2002.
” It is fitting that the proposed project starts in Dirico, at the convergence of the two flows that move from Angola’s islands down to the Okavango Delta ,” he said.” These two creeks ply liquid and life to over a million people downstream and an essential and unbelievably delicate habitat for an abundance of wildlife.
” Just as these flows provide for miles, so must this project increase far beyond Dirico. Outside the national parks, large parts of this crucial watershed too need to be cleared of landmines.
” Clearing the full watershed will take an international effort. Everyone who recognises the priceless importance of safeguarding Africa’s most intact natural landscape should devote fully to this mission .”
Harry was also visited the former minefield in Huambo, center Angola, where his mother had ambled. Today it has been altered from scrubland into a community with residences, local schools and shops.” With the claim international support, this ground around us here can also be like Huambo- a landmine-free, diverse, dynamic and flourishing community ,” he added.
His mother’s campaigning and her call for an international ban on the inventions during her Angolan visit led to the UK’sjunior defence minister Earl Howe calling her “ill-informed” and a” loose cannon that Her Majesty’s government did not need “.
Harry has previously said his mother’s work on banning landmines in the last months of their own lives” wasn’t universally popular “. And though some conceived she had stepped over the line into the arena of political campaigning,” for her this wasn’t about politics; it was about parties .”
Three months after her death, 122 countries signed the Ottawa Treaty, which prohibits the use, production, stockpiling and transmit of anti-personnel mines.
More than 120,000 people were killed or injured by landmines between 1999 -2 017, according to research by Landmine Monitor.Civilians made up 87% of fatalities, with nearly half of the main victims children.
Camille Wallen, the director of strategy at the Halo Trust, said Harry’s inspect facilitated” remind the word that landmines are not just a thing of the past “.
Speaking at an orthopaedic core in Huambo, renamed in Diana’s honour, Harry said:” Since my mother’s visit to Huambo many years ago, this city has undergone such a visible changeover. When she inspected this centre during the conflict, it was full of men, men and even children injured by landmines.
” I know that if she were here today she would be delighted to see that this centre has evolved into a global leader of orthopaedic reclamation in the middle of a vibrant and expanding parish .”
He added:” It has been an honour to retrace my mother’s steps today, I “losing ones” 22 year ago but the remember of her is with me daily and her gift lives on, which is why I’m so happy to name this centre, the Princess Diana Orthopaedic Centre .”