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Vol 38 No 18

Published 12th September 1997


The international media did not reflect how much Africa mourned Princess Diana. This was left to the hundreds of newspapers and broadcasting stations on the continent for which the Princess of Wales' death in a car crash on 31 August displaced the usual political news from the headlines. It was not Angola's President José dos Santos but South Africa's President Nelson Mandela whose homage flashed round the world after her death on 31 August. Yet her main work in Africa was in Angola, in the International Red Cross campaign against anti-personnel mines (APM). Mandela and Diana were reportedly planning an AIDS campaign. He paid heartfelt tribute to her work for HIV and AIDS patients, and her landmine work in South Africa, Angola and Mozambique. Pretoria and Luanda would ban APMs largely thanks to her efforts, he stressed.

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