Prince Harry Calls Killings of HALO Trust Staff in Afghanistan an 'Act of Barbarism'
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Prince Harry speaks out against an attack by an armed group on a mine clearance camp in Afghanistan.
In the attack on Tuesday, ten members of the HALO Trust (Hazardous Area Life-support Organization), which campaigns for the removal of war debris, were killed and another 16 injured. Prince Harry has worked with the organization on several occasions and visited a HALO Trust mine in Angola in 2019 - 22 years after the poignant stroll of his late mother Princess Diana through a minefield in the same country.
"A total of 26 members of the HALO Trust's Afghanistan team were killed or injured on Tuesday evening in nothing less than an act of barbarism," he said in a statement released Thursday. "I honor the lost and encourage the survivors and the families of those affected to support them."
"Those who work for HALO in Afghanistan are exposed to risks every day to remove the permanent - and still fatal - scars of war and conflict," continued Harry, 36. “The men who were attacked come from the communities in which they work and join HALO to protect and restore their lands and homes. As far as I know, the deminers who lost their lives also protected their friends. "
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A statement from Prince Harry on the killings of HALO employees in Afghanistan.
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- The HALO Trust (@TheHALOTrust) June 10, 2021
Prince Harry added, “These workers are putting their lives on the line every day to make the world a safer place. This brutal act reminds us that we must show solidarity with humanitarian workers and the communities they serve, supporters around the world, to rally for their cause and to help in any way we can. "
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During his 2019 visit to Africa with Meghan Markle and her son Archie, Harry gave a speech about the importance of clearing landmines in the context of conservation and humanitarian reasons.
"This historic commitment is an important step in the movement to clear the world of mines and lay the foundations for a safe and just future for the next generation," he said. "Landmines are an unhealed scar of war. By clearing the landmines, we can help this community find peace, and with peace there are opportunities."
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Prince Harry also went to Huambo, the place where his mother walked through a minefield in 1997. Today it is a vibrant community with multiple colleges, schools, and small businesses. A tree called The Diana Tree marks the spot where she was photographed during her visit.
Prince Harry's testimony comes less than a week after he greeted his daughter named Lilibet "Lili" Diana with Meghan in honor of Queen Elizabeth Princess Diana.
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