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Brazil kids' plight moves Prince Harry

Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 01:46

Prince Harry leaves behind the glamour of the World Cup for the impoverished bairros of southeastern Brazil. Helen Long reports.

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A nifty back-heel from Britain's Prince Harry. The soccer mad royal enjoyed a kick around with a group of young Brazilian children in Diadema, Eldorado on Wednesday (June 25). Behind the smiles is sadness: all the children here are growing up in one of the most deprived neighbourhoods in Brazil. Many have lost a parent to drugs, violence or prison. Brazilian charity ACER uses sport and education to help these children live lives free from drugs and crime. Prince Harry's visit - fresh from watching England crash out of the World Cup - was a massive boost, says ACER's founder Jonathan Hannay. SOUNDBITE: ACER Founder, Jonathan Hannay, saying (English): "This whole community is proud. Because this is for a marginalised, generally marginalised community, so to have one of the most important people in the world come to visit, to talk to them, to understand what their needs are, understand them, what ACER does as an organisation, is a massive boost for the whole community." Addressing an audience at the British consulate in Sao Paolo later on Wednesday, Prince Harry described how he'd almost been moved to tears hearing some of the children's stories. SOUNDBITE: Britain's Prince Harry, saying (English): "From watching Brazil play football in front of 70,000 screaming fans in yellow shirts to planting trees in the Atlantic Forest this morning, it has all made me love this country even more, since my last visit to Rio about two years ago, I think. Some of the children's stories in Diadema almost reduced me to tears but the smiles on their faces show the positive impact that their community is having on them and the success story of ACER." The 29-year-old royal is in Brazil for a week-long trip to South America that will also take him to Chile.

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Brazil kids' plight moves Prince Harry

Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 01:46