English Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, began a 10-day trip to Southern Africa in Cape Town on Monday, where they warned of violence against women, a topic that currently dominates South Africa.
"As someone who has visited this fantastic country many times, and as someone who considers Cape Town to be an especially unique place in Africa, I wanted to ensure that our first visit as a family – with my wife by my side – was focus on the important challenges facing millions of South Africans while recognizing the strong hope we feel here, "said Prince Harry, quoted by international agencies.
"I am here with you as a mother, wife, and wife, a woman of color, and as your sister," Meghan said in southern Cape Town, receiving loud applause in the first 10 days of the tour by several African countries.
The royal family visit – Meghan and Harry travel with their son, Archie Harrison, four months old – who began a trip to a project that promotes self-defense for girls, comes at a time when South Africa has been the scene of protests by thousands of women against abuse and impunity in a country where more than 100 rapes are reported per day.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said last week that the country "is one of the least safe places" for women, having announced emergency measures to respond to the phenomenon and promised tougher punishments for perpetrators of crimes against women. .
The passage of the Dukes of Sussex to South Africa will be marked by issues related to human rights, sexual violence, gender discrimination, combating xenophobia, but also entrepreneurship, wildlife, mental health and demining, especially in Angola – a problem. to which Harry's mother, Princess Diana, drew the world's attention more than two decades ago.
On Wednesday, Prince Harry heads to Botswana alone, while the Duchess of Sussex pursues a series of official commitments in South Africa.
In Botswana's Chobe region, where there is a large nature park, it will promote collaboration with neighboring countries Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe under the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy to promote wildlife circulation.
In Angola, the visit begins late Thursday, when the prince travels south-east to Dirico, where he will spend the night in a demining camp of the British organization Halo Trust.
The following day, Prince Harry will inaugurate a new segment of the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy program, an international forest network designed to facilitate the passage of wildlife, to that area of the Okavango River basin, shared with Namibia and Botswana, whose The presentation will be attended by members of the government of the three countries.
The next step, according to a statement from the British royal house, will be the most "significant and moving" for the prince on a visit to Huambo, repeating the steps of his mother, Princess Diana, 22 years ago, to draw attention to the landmine problem.
You will also visit the Huambo Orthopedic Center, which will be renamed Princess Diana, before traveling to Luanda.
On Saturday, Prince Harry will be welcomed by Angolan President Joao Lourenco at the Cidade Alta palace, and then will visit the Lucrécia Paim Hospital maternity hospital to learn about the "Born Free to Shine" campaign, which aims to reduce the transmission of HIV / Been between mother to children.
The prince will be in Malawi for three days before returning to South Africa, where, together with Meghan Markle, he will meet Wednesday with former first lady Grace Machel, concluding the visit with an audience with the President Cyril Ramaphosa.
According to Buckingham Palace, "the Duke of Sussex's love for Africa is well known. He first visited the continent at the age of 13 and, more than two decades later, people, culture and wildlife and the resilience of communities continue. to inspire and motivate you. "
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