The Duke of Sussex today recovered the footsteps of his deceased mother when he put on a bulletproof vest and a protective visor to walk through a partially cleared minefield.
Harry pointed to the constant threat of ammunition in Angola, the same nation that Diana, Princess of Wales visited in 1997, to urge the world to ban the weapons.
About 22 years after his mother Princess Diana walked through the minefield and called for a worldwide ban on mines, Harry was then asked to drop off an anti-personnel mine previously discovered with a controlled explosion to safely destroy the decades-old weapon.
Near the southeastern city of Dirico, the duke entered an area that was once an artillery base for anti-government forces who had dug up the position in 2000 before they withdrew.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex today posted a gripping message on their Instagram account in honor of the tireless work of Diana that helped change the course of history & # 39 ;.
They added: “The duke is humble to visit a place and community that was so special to his mother, and to acknowledge her tireless mission as an advocate for anyone who felt that she had a voice most needed, even if the issue was not universally popular. & # 39;
The Duke of Sussex walks through a minefield in Dirico, Angola, during a visit to the work of land mine clearance organization the Halo Trust
Diana, Princess of Wales, visited a minefield in Angola. In 1997, Diana Princess of Wales visited Huambo to draw worldwide attention to the crisis of landmines and the people whose lives were being destroyed
Harry emphasized the constant threat of ammunition in Angola, the same nation that Diana visited in 1997 to urge the world to ban the weapons
Harry was then asked to drop an anti-personnel mine that was previously discovered with a controlled explosion to safely destroy the decades-old weapon
During his visit today, The Duke will walk down the street that was once the minefield where his mother was famously depicted. The duke and duchess posted this photo on their Instagram today
The princess of Wales was famous as he walked through the minefield in Angola during a trip to Africa in 1997
The Duke of Sussex gave a speech during a visit to the land mine site, in which he praised the Halo Trust's clean-up efforts for helping the community find & # 39; peace.
& # 39; Land mines are an unhealed war sign. By clearing landmines, we can help this community find peace, and peace comes opportunity, & Harry said.
& # 39; In addition, we can protect the diverse and unique flora and fauna that depends on the beautiful Kuito River that I slept next to last night.
& # 39; That river and those wildlife are your natural resources and, if cared for, will offer you unlimited opportunities in the conservation-driven economy. & # 39;
& # 39; It is appropriate that this project start in Dirico, at the convergence of the two rivers that flow from Angola & # 39; s islands to the Okavango delta, & # 39; the Duke continued.
& # 39; These two rivers provide water and live for more than a million people downstream and an essential and incredibly delicate habitat for an abundance of wildlife.
& # 39; Just as these rivers extend for miles, this project must also extend far beyond Dirico. Outside the national parks, large parts of this crucial river basin must also be cleared of land mines.
& # 39; Cleaning up the entire river basin will require an international effort. Anyone who recognizes the priceless importance of protecting Africa's most intact natural landscape must fully commit to this mission. & # 39;
The dusty scrub was marked with red warning signs with the skull and crossbones, with the Portuguese words & # 39; Perigo Minas! & # 39; and the English translation below – danger mines.
The duke walked through part of the site and looked at the demarcated areas that could possibly contain land mines.
Jose Antonio, a regional manager for the landmine charity organization, the Halo Trust, took Harry to the site where his staff have been working to make it safe since August, and he hopes they can complete their difficult evacuation by the end of October.
Like everyone who visits the Trust's site, Harry had received a safety briefing and did not tell him that he was walking off the vacated lanes, touching anything or walking away.
He saw how a mine clearance worker used a metal detector to search for the mostly anti-personnel mines buried in the ground.
If it is discovered that personnel have been trained to go back and carefully remove the ground while moving forward until they reach the ammunition.
The duke walked through part of the site and looked at the demarcated areas that could possibly contain land mines
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their son Archie during a visit to Archbishop Desmond Tutu earlier this week
Later Harry will arrive in the Luengue-Luiana National Park, where he will present a plaque to the Angolan environment minister Paula Coelho on the occasion of the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy.
Harry then travels to Huambo. In 1997, the late Princess Diana visited a mine clearance site and met mine victims as part of her campaign to create a global mining ban – which came about the same year in the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention.
The prince will also follow his mother's steps on Avenida 28 de Maio (& # 39; Princess Diana Street & # 39;) on the same path as where she was photographed in 1997. Thanks to Diana, this area is now a bustling city.
Harry will also visit the orthopedic center, also visited by his mother in 1997. It has recently been renovated and wants to become the national expertise center of Angola. He will rename it the Princess Diana Orthopedic Center.
Angola has some of & # 39; the world's most important remaining wilderness. However, the presence of landmines and the remains of the civil war makes large parts of the country unsafe for both animals and the local population who depend on obtaining a sustainable livelihood from their environment
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