Prince Harry Continues Mother’s Support For A Landmine-Free World
Following in his late mother’s footsteps, Prince Harry spoke at a reception on Tuesday night about the importance of a landmine-free world for future generations.
“It is estimated that 60 million people still live in fear from the threat of landmines. In 2015, global deaths and injuries from landmines reached a ten-year high; but perhaps more shocking is the fact that almost 80% of them were civilians. It is typically the most vulnerable who are at the greatest risk,” he said in his speech, highlighting the dangers that remain in certain countries even with the excellent work done over the past twenty years to rid 27 countries completely of landmines.
Harry also discussed the work mother, the late Diana, Princess of Wales, did in the months before her death to bring attention to the de-mining cause. It was announced that the British government will be contributing £100 million to help clear landmines.
During the reception – hosted by The Halo Trust and Mines Advisory Group International on International Mine Awareness Day – the Prince was able to meet two men – Malic and Žarko – who met Princess Diana in 1997 during her visit to Travnik, Bosnia. Both men, who were young boys at the time of the meeting, had each lost both their legs due to landmines.
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