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Old 11-18-2014, 07:56 AM
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A nice little BB story about Joachim in Laos: Prins Joachim fandt piges sko i Laos | Billed Bladet

The area he was visiting is so remote that even the crows bring their own lunchbags (DK idiom).

Anyway, while being showed around on a field, in this very poor area, he spotted a child's shoe and picked it up, knowing that a shoe represents a very considerable investment for the local peasants.
Fortunately he saw a father with his daughter nearby looking for the shoe. And now everyone was happy.
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Old 11-20-2014, 06:11 PM
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Summary of article in Billed Bladet #47, 2014.
Written by Trine Larsen.

Who went with Joachim on his ten day journey to Laos.
Every two years or so Joachim go on a long trip for Care to often extremely remote places on the planet.
This trip is no exception!

He has visited the mountanous norther part of Laos, which is poor as it is but also has next to no modern communications, including phones and certainly workable internet.
Here he has visited the most poor ethnic group of the country, the Akah people.

He and the delegation have had to sleep rough. Joachim's bed was a thin mattrass on a floor, with a blanket. That in a house in the mountains with no heating and no windows either.
His morning shower was at the only water pump in the village, where he had to strip his shirt and wash in cold water as best he could. In a temperature of some 6-7 degrees C, which incidentally is the temperature back in DK today on this balmy November day.

Being in contact with his family? Well: "It has only amounted to a couple of text messages, when I've been lucky, but we were prepared for that before leaving".

The Akah village Joachim visited consists of 43 families with 209 people. And about staying with them he said: "It's a huge experience to be allowed to become a part of their every day life. To be with the people of the village and live with them, and yet not like them, because we can go away".
About sleeping rough: "Yes, I've had a softer bed".

And about washing in full public view at the water pump: "Fortunately I'm not so shy and it's the same for everyone. I'm not deterred by that and it is after all nice with a little water in the hair and face in the morning. And when I started the others in the delegation had to follow suit. But I admit that I postponed shaving".

The village threw a party in his honor and that meant he was placed on the floor in the local school to take part in a ceremony to ward off evil spirits: "The ceremony was another big experience which ended with everyone, while praying for me and my future happiness they tied white ribbons to my wrists, so that I in the end looked like a mummy. It was a bit akin to necromancy (correct expression? at a kind of shaman ceremony), but it warmed my heart".
Joachim kept the bands on his wrists for three days because that's what the ceremony dictates.

About the trip in general: "The whole trip ha offered fantastic experiences and some days will pass before you can really deal with all impressions. That often happens when you return home and it has settled and when you tell the family about it. And that I'm looking forward to".
And the first thing he will when coming home is to take his children to kindergarten: "I come straight from the airport but (I) can just manage it. It'll be nice and even though the reuniion will probably be big, it is also important that the children still have their everyday life and fixed frames". - Joachim touched down in Copenhagen yesterday, Wednesday, morning.

About the visit in general: "I actually like going to see such places... it's after all there you can see what CARE is capable of, see that it helps and has a use. That there - despite the country's big challenges with both poverty, climate changes and the most unexploded bombs from the Vietnam War (*) , which still cause casualties, - still is hope".

With Joachim in the delagation went Kurt Bache, who is Joachim's private secretary, who has a military background. A meteorologist. Representatives from CARE and a security coordinater. (Read: a private Danish bodyguard, my guess he's hired by the Foreign Ministry).

This must be the first part of the coverage which usually include a large interview. I guess we will see next week.

(*) As a part of the "secret" bombcampaign during the Vietnam War, Laos is until this day one of the most, if not the most, bombed countries in the world. When you drop more bombs on a country than was dropped over Germany and Japan during WWII, and considering that a percentage of bombs dropped fail to detonate, that means that thousands of unexploded ordonance litter Laos today. - It only takes and ox on a field, a plough, a spade, a curious child and...

Here is the article:
https://app.box.com/s/4qepo1ey79q8bflnj0ex
https://app.box.com/s/emvhh5c7k5ji8aonzg0c
https://app.box.com/s/6dcpl0e17b8uagh7j8cx
https://app.box.com/s/rzku7ocj5vs6j0imetk2
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Old 11-23-2014, 08:16 AM
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http://www.b.dk/nationalt/prins-joac...til-at-hjaelpe
The serious newspaper Berlingske Tidende writes an article about Joachim's work for CARE and a call from him to help.

I may return to that article later when I get more time.
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Old 11-26-2014, 06:35 AM
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Prins Joachim besøger Aftenshowet - Kendte | www.bt.dk

Tonight at 19.05 on DR1 Joachim will appear on Aftenshowet, where he will talk about his work for CARE and about his latest trip that went to Laos.

Nice! For once a male member of the DRF gets an opportunity to talk on prime time TV about his charity.
About time IMO. We may eventually end up having gender egality in this country...
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Old 11-26-2014, 05:37 PM
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Here an article about his visit in Aftenshowet(:

Prins Joachim sov hos fattige bønder i Laos: 'De som har mindst, de giver mest' - Royale | www.bt.dk
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Old 11-27-2014, 05:49 AM
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And now for some more sobering reading. It is after all far from glamorous all the time, when the royals are on the job.

This is the second part of Joachim's trip to Laos. Divided into two parts: a general overview and an interview. The interview will be added to this post later.

Summary of article in Billed Bladet #48, 2014.
Written by Trine Larsen.

One of the more important things CARE is to help victims of the countless mines and other unexploded ordonances left after the war from 1964-73.
During that period two million tonnes of boms were dropped over Laos and 270 million, repeat million, bomblets from clusterbombs. (*) Of those an estimated 30% failed to detonate, but they are still unstable and dangerous!
In fact the six million inhabitants of Laos is matched by half a ton of unexploded explosives per person scattered all over the country.
Joachim visited the Phou Khaou province, which is the hardest hit in regards to mines (**) and other unexploded devices. Here the organisation Lao National UXO is doing what they can to remove the devices they find - a monumental task!
Joachim push a botton and started a controlled explosion that removed three mines and afterwards he said: "It's terrifying and terrible. And that there are still so many unexploded bombs, mines and clusterbombs that endanger the population on a day to day basis is unbearable. It's a drop in the ocean. But now there are three less and that's after all a pretty good feeling".
Because there are so many crippled victims of mines and bomblets and because the country is so poor, many have to rely on homemade artificial legs, before eventually getting a properly made artifical limb. (***)
One of the clinics making those limbs is the Cope-centre which Joachim also visited.
And each year more are crippled by mines and bomblets. - Animals, livestock and people of all ages, especially smaller children because they are curious and careless.

The interview to follow.

(*) Clusterbomb. Basically a container with say 200 small bombs, each the size of a handgrenade which are scattered from an airplane or a helicopter.
Such bomblets, as they are called, can cover an area the size of a soccer field and devastate it. As a thumb rule you estimate that about 10 % will fail to detonate, but they are still dangerous. Another 10 % have delayed fuses, which puts the area out of bounds for up to several days and another 10 % are specifically designed as boobytraps that will detonate when handled. - Apart from being very efficient and devastating an area espeically against personel and soft targets, the area is also "polluted" for enemy use for a considerable period.
During the Cold War it was common for clusterbombs to also include chemical agents as well as explosives and that was a particularly nasty weapon!

(**) Mines. The mines in Laos predominantly differ from IED's used in say Afghanistan, which are now often homemade pressure mines. And also from mines used in say the fomer Jugoslavia, which were mainly claymore type mines or "jump-mines" and they were specifically designed to hit soldiers. The mines in Laos are mainly small footmines. Being very small they were often scattered from the air, sometimes by artillery shells. And they were designed to permanently "pollute" an area. I.e. few had time fuses, meaning that they would self-destruct at a given time. And made from plastic they are very resistant against the elements and as such in fine working order even decades after being scattered.

(***) Mine injuries. The injuries in Laos are mainly caused by footmines (and bomblets) that are designed to cripple rather than kill. A crippled person cannot fight (not in a country like Laos), have difficulty working manually, takes a long time to recover and is a huge drain on already limited resources. Apart from that there is the psycological effect of mines and bomblets. All it takes to trigger that effect when people enter say a large grove is one mine found there, just a single mine.
But footmines are particularly nasty in several ways. If you step on a footmine with the back of your foot, you lose half your leg and you are crippled.
If you step on such a footmine with the front part of your foot, you will lose half your foot, but fragments of bone and footwear will fly upwards and because you tend to lean forward into a step, the fragments will hit your face. It is estimated that about a quarter of Soviet soldiers stepping on such footmines during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan lost their sight as well as their foot. For males it gets even worse. A considerable percentage of men and boys stepping on footmines have their genitals damaged or destroyed from fragments. The smaller the male, the larger the risk...
In Afghanistan some mines were camuflaged as toys or ballpens (A ballpen back then being a sign of litteracy in rural areas) and they exploded when picked up. Don't know if such mines were used in Laos though.

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Translation of the interview with Joachim, where he talks about CARE and his children: https://app.box.com/s/z7rhqtc1az70c3b0dfxw
I know perfectly well that few will ever read this, but for those who do I think this is worth the read.
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Old 11-28-2014, 08:14 AM
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An article, gallery and long video of Joachim's visit to Laos from Royalista: Prince Joachim appears on Danish talk show | Royalista

And the segment from Aftenshowet, Joachim appeared in. I may comment on that later: http://www.dr.dk/tv/se/aftenshowet/a...549#!/00:01:17

ADDED: Joachim ought to appear in more shows and programmes like this. He's good, really good at passing on what he experienced and do it with passion.
He and Mary are the best in DRF for that sort of things.
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Prince Joachim as Patron of CARE participated in the launch of the Children's Advent calendar 2015 at the Ørestad School in Copenhagen this morning, October 5:



** BB: VIDEO: Prins Joachim: Derfor er jeg prins ** translation **


** b.dk: Årets ulandskalender skal hjælpe Nepals bjergbørn ** translation **


** dr.dk article and gallery: BILLEDER: Prins Joachim præsenterede Børnenes U-landskalender i år ** translation **
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Thanks, Iceflower

It was funny to see Joachim answer a question by a child why he was Prince. And it sounds like he's answered that question before... "My mother, is Queen Margrethe, so that's why I'm Prince.
My brother, Crown Prince frederik is one year older than me, so one day he's going to be king. - And his children will take over after him".

But he had to think long and hard to answer which of the many TV-Christmas calendars (*) was his favorite.

(*) Don't know which other countries have this tradition: From 1st December until 24th, the TV-networks send a Christmas calendar for the children (and often the adults as well). They consists of short episodes, sometimes dramatic, sometimes educational, sometimes hilarious based on some sort of Christmas theme. The point is of course that the children should be in suspense as to whether there will be a real Christmas this year for the characters.

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Prince Joachim as Patron of CARE participated in the launch of the Children's Advent calendar 2015 at the Ørestad School in Copenhagen this morning, October 5:



** BB: VIDEO: Prins Joachim: Derfor er jeg prins ** translation **


** b.dk: Årets ulandskalender skal hjælpe Nepals bjergbørn ** translation **


** dr.dk article and gallery: BILLEDER: Prins Joachim præsenterede Børnenes U-landskalender i år ** translation **
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