Prince of Wales warns of ‘dire humanitarian situation’ in his first New Year message


The Prince’s New Year message, to be distributed across the world through British embassies and on social media, focuses on themes that prevail through both his and the Duchess’ charity work.

He said: “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.”

Prince Charles became patron of the International Rescue Committee in January 2020. He is also president of the British Red Cross.


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