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Melania Trump visits former slave outpost in Ghana

Melania Trump visits former slave outpost in Ghana

In addition to Ghana, she is due to visit Malawi, Kenya and Egypt before returning to Washington early on Oct 7.

She told Reuters the "dungeon is really something that people should see and experience" and "what happened so many years ago is really a tragedy".

Obama likened the tour to his visit to the site of the former Nazi concentration camp at Buchenwald in Germany, saying it was reminiscent of the capacity of human beings to commit "great evil".

Mrs. Trump also spent 10 minutes inside the cramped male slave dungeon in the Cape Coast castle.

Trump's visit opened in low-key fashion.

When announcing the tour, Trump said she will visit four attractive and different African countries.

In fact, the first lady went out of her way to make her outfit look more like last year's version; for her first outing on Wednesday morning, which saw her paying a visit to local chiefs in order to get permission to visit the castle, Melania had accessorized the jacket with a thick leather belt.

Trump laid a wreath near the "Door of No Return", which leads to the ocean.

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Adding her name to the list Wednesday was the wife of President Donald Trump, who isn't unanimously seen as a friend of Africa.

"Until Melania's visit, it was a taboo to allow a disabled person inside Emintsimadze Palace, or close to royalty, diplomatic aides told us", she writes.

Melania Trump's visit to Ghana changed one of those scenarios.

Mothers at the hospital for her visit received gifts of teddy bears nestled in white baby blankets, personally handed out by the first lady, according to her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham. The event was a historic one as the king invited two disabled students, one visually impaired and one deaf, from a nearby school to attend the ceremony with the first lady.

First lady Trump was given a demonstration of how the hospital weighs babies during wellness checks in a sack-and-pully system.

On her four-country, week-long tour of Africa, Trump is aiming to cast a more positive light on her embattled husband's administration and its "America First" agenda.

Before proceeding to the slave castle, she visited the palace of the head chief of the area and obtained royal approval to visit the fortress after presenting drinks to the chiefs.

Her visit to the hospital was also aimed at acquainting herself with strides Ghana has made with regards to child healthcare and possibly find ways of assisting.