Thursday, October 1, 1998 Published at 21:44 GMT 22:44 UK
Princess sees famine relief at work
The Princess saw the supplies flown into the base each day
The final leg of the Princess's tour took her to Kenya, where one of her first engagements was to lay a wreath at the site of the bomb blast at the US Embassy in Nairobi.
In Nairobi Hospital, I spoke to one of the few survivors from the office block that was blown apart by the bomb.
Andrew Mureithi was working in his fifth floor office when the blast shattered his life. His first thought was that the government was being overthrown. Then he realised he had been horribly injured, and that almost all his colleagues were dead.
On her last full day in East Africa the Princess flew north from Nairobi to Lokichoggio - the main base for the United Nations relief effort in southern Sudan.
Operation Lifeline Sudan
The air base is just twenty miles from the border and, in the scorching heat, the Princess saw at first hand the work that goes into Operation Lifeline Sudan - in which 37 agencies are co-operating to relieve the famine and effects of one of the world's longest running wars.
A fleet of huge cargo aircraft take off from the base each day loaded with 300 tons of food and emergency supplies. The grain is triple-packed in sacks which are sealed and bound onto pallets and then dropped over some of the worst hit areas.
The World Food Programme, though, is reluctant to say the corner has been turned. It knows only too well that there are parts of southern Sudan where the fighting has prevented them even getting in to assess the needs, let alone provide any support.
The Red Cross
The Princess also saw the work of the International Committee of the Red Cross at Lokichoggio. They run a hospital where some of the casualties of the conflict are flown for treatment. Since the start of the year, the hospital has dealt with more than 1200 patients - most with gun-shot wounds.
So many need amputations that it has set up its own orthopaedic workshop where they can be fitted with new limbs and taught to walk again.
It was a long and successful tour for the Princess, who was described by one newspaper here as a workaholic. She certainly thinks nothing of carrying out a punishing schedule - both abroad and at home - that often leaves others exhausted.