Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 25 October 2014

Royal pair focus on Africa 'crisis'

The Duchess of Cambridge watches as her husband tries a high energy paste
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are met by the Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Denmark in Copenhagen

The Duchess of Cambridge has spoken of her desire to put the spotlight back on the "terrible" East Africa crisis as she made her first joint humanitarian mission with her husband.

Kate and William toured the Unicef emergency supply centre in Copenhagen to see how the charity was helping distribute food and life-saving medical supplies to the stricken region, before helping to pack some of the aid boxes.

The pair, joined by Denmark's Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary, were given a briefing on the aid mission being carried out - with William even having a taste of a special high-protein peanut paste which is sent to malnourished children in Africa.

They then travelled to Copenhagen Airport to see off a British Airways Boeing 747, loaned to Unicef, as it headed to East Africa laden with boxes of aid.

The area has a particular significance for the royal couple, as they got engaged in Kenya last year and Kate said she was "shocked" by what was happening there.

The duchess, asked if the visit would raise awareness, said: "We really hope so, to really put the spotlight back on this terrible crisis, and we need to try and raise the awareness.

"I was shocked by some of the statistics and I think other people would be if they'd lost track of the story."

She added: "People have perhaps lost track of the terrible situation so I think this hopefully will put the light back on this crisis."

Her husband said he realised many people were undergoing financial difficulties, but added: "As tragic and disastrous as what's going on around the world financially, I think what's going on in East Africa really puts things into perspective of how terrible a crisis can actually get."

William said he was impressed by Unicef, after learning of their work, and added: "I think what impresses me the most is that there is just an incredible amount being done.

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