Prince Harry Talks About Horrendous Sights He Witnessed During his Afghanistan Trips
By Athena Yenko | August 12, 2014 10:37 AM EST
Prince Harry shared the "horrendous" sights that kept playing in his mind after his trips to Afghanistan.
Prince Harry shared that he was not ready for the "horrendous" sights that he saw in Afghanistan - seeing "young lads - much younger than me - wrapped in plastic and missing limbs."
Britain's Prince Harry, accompanied by Sao Paulo Mayor Fernando Haddad, visits Sao Paulo's Luz neighborhood known to locals as Cracolandia (Crackland), in Sao Paulo, June 26, 2014 .
"Sure, I'd heard about it, expected it, called in many medical evacuations for it, but I had never seen it first-hand. Loss of life is as tragic and devastating as it gets, but to see young lads - much younger than me - wrapped in plastic and missing limbs, with hundreds of tubes coming out of them, was something I never prepared myself for," Prince Harry wrote for The Sunday Times.
He said that those who had served in Afghanistan, like him, will always have the heartbreaking sight playing in their minds when they close their eyes. To "have images of friends - lost or wounded - move across your mind like a bloody slideshow," is more unbearable.
He shared that these heart-wrenching experiences had inspired him to organise the Invictus Games, a Paralympic-style tournament for injured servicemen and women.
He said that such competitive sport could play a vital role in the rehabilitation of those who are injured.
Prince Harry had always been open about his service in Afghanistan.
In a January 2013 interview with The Australian Women's Weekly, after a 20-week tour in Afghanistan, Prince Harry was asked if he had killed anyone in combat.
Almost candid but mostly straightforward, Prince Harry gave a straight "yes".
"Yeah, so lots of people have. The squadron's been out here. Everyone's fired a certain amount."
His stance was strong in as far as killing for his comrades is concern.
"Take a life to save a life, that's what we revolve around. If there's people trying to do bad stuff to our guys, then we'll take them out of the game. I'm not here on a free pass ... our job out here is to make sure the guys are safe on the ground and if that means shooting someone who is shooting them, then we will do it."
He was as frank when he said that he is not receiving any special treatment for being a prince.
"It's as normal as it's going to get. I'm one of the guys, I don't get treated any differently."
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