Monday, 29 November 2021

Grinning Prince Harry visits children’s home run by ‘Moonies’

GUYANA: Prince Harry has visited a children’s home in the Caribbean founded by religious sect the ‘Moonies’ on the last day of his exotic Royal tour. The British High Commissioner to Guyana defended the choice of the prince’s trip and described the work done there as “amazing”. Harry spent an hour touring the Joshua House Children Centre in Georgetown, Guyana – an institution run by Gladys Accra of the Unification Church, also known as the Moonies. The centre works to care for youngsters who have been abused, neglected or living in poverty. In the past the so-called Moonies sect – named after its founder Sun Myung Moon – faced accusations of brainwashing and scamming its followers. But Greg Quinn, Britain’s High Commissioner to the country, said: “What is she doing? She’s helping 50 kids who would otherwise not have a great standard of life – what she and her husband and her family have done is amazing. “I find it hard to question what she’s doing in any way because she’s doing very good work.”

The prince is at the end of his 15-day trip around the Caribbean which saw him take a HIV test with Rihanna in Barbados and release baby turtles into the sea. The visit saw Harry interacting with some of the 50 children, aged seven to 17, who are referred to the centre by a child protection programme if they are at risk from issues including abuse, neglect or poverty. He held a question and answer session with some of the teenagers, and when asked what it is like to be a prince, he replied: “Good and bad, there’s lots of privileges of course you get from when you’re born, but with privilege comes responsibility.” The Moonies sect was well known for its mass wedding ceremonies – of which Mrs Accra and her husband Clifford took part.

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