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Harry walks through Angola minefield 22 years after Diana

The Duke of Sussex walks through a minefield Image copyright PA Media
Image caption Prince Harry wore body armour as he walked through the former artillery base

The Duke of Sussex has walked through a partially-cleared minefield in Angola to highlight the threat posed by landmines, 22 years after his mother Diana, Princess of Wales, did the same.

Prince Harry wore body armour as he walked through the ex-artillery base near the south-eastern town of Dirico.

The site was marked with red warning signs showing the skull and crossbones.

Diana captured global attention in 1997 when she walked through a live minefield in the country.

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Prince Harry visited the site with the same landmine clearance charity as his mother, the Halo Trust.

Staff at the charity have been working since August at the site near Dirico, which was mined by anti-government forces in 2000 when they retreated from the base.

The charity hopes to clear it of mines by the end of October.

During his visit, the prince set off a controlled explosion to destroy an anti-personnel mine. The weapons target people on foot, rather than in vehicles.

In a speech, Prince Harry said the Halo Trust was helping the community to “find peace”.

“Landmines are an unhealed scar of war. By clearing the landmines we can help this community find peace, and with peace comes opportunity,” he said.

“Additionally, we can protect the diverse and unique wildlife that relies on the beautiful Kuito river that I slept beside last night.”

Harry was given a safety briefing and told not stray off the cleared lanes, not to touch anything or to run.

Source: bbc.co.uk

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