28/11/2021

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex make a statement on the situation in Afghanistan

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex

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As the world watches while a humanitarian crisis unfolds in Afghanistan following the removal of US troops from the country, world leaders, politicians and celebrities have made statements calling for aid. Now, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have addressed the crisis on their Archewell website, urging their followers to help.

‘The world is exceptionally fragile right now,’ the statement begins. ‘As we all feel the many layers of pain due to the situation in Afghanistan, we are left speechless.

‘As we all watch the growing humanitarian disaster in Haiti, and the threat of it worsening after last weekend’s earthquake, we are left heartbroken. And as we all witness the continuing global health crisis, exacerbated by new variants and constant misinformation, we are left scared.

‘When any person or community suffers, a piece of each of us does so with them, whether we realize it or not. And though we are not meant to live in a state of suffering, we, as a people, are being conditioned to accept it. It’s easy to find ourselves feeling powerless, but we can put our values into action — together.

‘To start, we encourage you to join us in supporting a number of organizations doing critical work. We also urge those in positions of global influence to rapidly advance the humanitarian dialogues that are expected to take place this fall at multilateral gatherings such as the U.N. General Assembly and the G20 Leaders’ Summit.

‘As an international community, it is the decisions we make now — to alleviate suffering among those we know and those we may never meet — that will prove our humanity.’

Prince Harry serving in Afghanistan

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It is a poignant message from Harry, who famously served in the British Army for 10 years. He served two frontline tours in Afghanistan, as an air controller with the Blues and Royals on the frontline in Helmand province, then as an Apache attack helicopter pilot.

Meanwhile, his Invictus Games organisation also released a message, urging soldiers to reach out to each other. ‘What’s happening in Afghanistan resonates across the international Invictus community,’ begins the statement, ‘Many of the participating nations and competitors in the Invictus Games family are bound by a shared experience of serving in Afghanistan over the past two decades, and for several years, we have competed alongside Invictus Games Team Afghanistan.

‘We encourage everybody across the Invictus network – and the wider military community – to reach out to each other and offer support for one another.’

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