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Harry and Meghan say they “speechless” over Afghanistan and Haiti crisis

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are speaking out on the current crisis in Afghanistan and Haiti, as well as the ongoing Covid pandemic.

In a statement released via their Archewell foundation website, the couple reflected on the heartbreaking situation, saying "the world is exceptionally fragile right now," and encouraged people to donate and help in any way that they could.

"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," the couple said.

Meghan and Harry acknowledged that "it’s easy to find ourselves feeling powerless, we can put our values into action," before listing several charities and mental health organisations to help aid relief for victims who urgently need support.

Photo credit: WPA Pool - Getty Images
Photo credit: WPA Pool - Getty Images

The Archewell foundation has also partnered up with several charities and resource centres to help communities in desperate need. Firstly focusing on supporting military families who served in Afghanistan and the Afghani community, a cause close to Harry's heart after he served two tours there. Next by teaming up with World Central Kitchen to help aid relief in Haiti, as well as continuing their partnerships with Vax Live and Global Citizen and continuing to support vaccine equity, (with the initiative already having raised 3 million USD in honour of their son Archie's birthday).

The couple also called on people of global influence and power to help advance conversations around the current state of humanitarian affairs at world summits such as the U.N. General Assembly and the G20 Leaders’ Summit to help affect long-lasting real change.

Prince Harry's Invictus Games Foundation also released a joint statement on the conflict, encouraging veterans to support each other during this fragile time, after thousands of troops served on the front line over the past two decades.

"What's happening in Afghanistan resonates across the international Invictus community. 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," the statement read.

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

If you are looking for your own ways to support the Afghanistan community, we've rounded up a list of charities and resources you can donate to now.

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