Prince Harry returns from Angola, on trip to support mother's landmine charity
In this handout photo made available by the HALO Trust on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, Britain's Prince Harry, right, speaks with HALO Director Guy Willougby as they stand near a South African Olifant tank destroyed in the Battle of Cuito Cuanavale in 1988, in Angola. (HALO Trust)
The Associated Press
Published Saturday, August 17, 2013 7:12PM EDT
Last Updated Saturday, August 17, 2013 10:38PM EDT
LONDON -- Prince Harry has returned from Angola, where he visited a landmine clearance charity championed by his late mother, Princess Diana.
The HALO Trust charity said Saturday the 28-year-old prince visited the Angolan town of Cuito Cuanavale, which saw heavy fighting during the southern African nation's 1975-2002 civil war.
The group said Harry toured minefields and met beneficiaries of the group's work.
He was following in the footsteps of Diana, who visited minefields in Angola in 1997 and drew global attention to the charity's efforts to clear them.
Kensington Palace said in a statement that Harry was pleased to see the progress HALO had made and that he was keen to continue supporting its work.
The prince visited minefields with HALO in Mozambique in 2010.
The group said that it began clearing mines in Cuito Cuanavale about three years after the end of Angola's civil war, and that it has so far located and destroyed more than 21,300 mines.
The charity, founded in Afghanistan in 1988, now works in countries including Cambodia, Laos and Zimbabwe.