The Prince of Wales has paid tribute to the brave individuals who are fighting conflicts in countries like Afghanistan, Syria and Myanmar, in a New Year message.
Charles’ message is the first one from a member of the Royal Family in 2022.
His full message reads as follows:
“As we start a New Year, we might take a moment to remember the many people around the world who are standing up for freedom and human rights.
“In places such as Afghanistan, Syria and Myanmar, among others, the threats and reality of political and religious persecution and insecurity are coupled with an increasingly dire humanitarian situation.
“In the face of such adversity, incredibly brave individuals, local communities and international organisations are responding to great needs by providing vital assistance.
“I pray for peaceful resolutions to these conflicts and that we might all be blessed with the courage to support those in need, wherever they may be.”
The heir to the throne visited Jordan in 2021 with his wife, Camilla, where the pair learnt first hand how the country has become a haven for people fleeing conflict in the region including Syria.
Over the years, The Prince of Wales has founded a variety of initiatives in order to try and help communities both locally and globally in conflict-torn countries. For example, Turquoise Mountain was founded in 2006 by Charles. Turquoise Mountain has now built over 50 small businesses in Afghanistan, Myanmar, and the Middle East, supporting a new generation of artisan entrepreneurs who will not only drive economic development, but also preserve their unique cultures and traditions.
Prince Charles is connected to a number of charities, including the International Rescue Committee and the British Red Cross, who work with communities displaced by war or conflict.
Last year, The Duchess of Cambridge paid a visit to RAF Brize Norton to thank some of the personnel involved in helping thousands of people flee Afghanistan. Catherine met both military and civilian personnel during her visit, to hear about their accomplishments during Operation Pitting.
Speaking to those present during the visit, the Duchess said: “Well done, I hope you get some time to relax, you should feel really proud of what you achieved.”