Published: Thu, October 04, 2018
World News | By Sandy Lane

Melania Trump Visits Ex-Slave Holding Facility in Ghana

Melania Trump Visits Ex-Slave Holding Facility in Ghana

Mrs Trump waves next to Ghana's First Lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo during a visit to the Greater Accra Regional Hospital in Accra, Ghana, on October 2, 2018.

She added that it was a "special place". "The dungeons that I saw ... what happened so many years ago, it's really a tragedy".

"Akwaaba (Welcome) to Cape Coast", read a sign hung from the whitewashed walls of the Cape Coast Castle, some 145 kilometres (90 miles) from the capital, Accra.

Some, including The Washington Post's Adam Taylor, have suggested that the First Lady's trip is simply her attempt to boost the image of the Trump presidency across the continent (spoiler: The Donald said some not great things about Africa and it's people), but even if that's true, it's good to see that Melania is showing reverence and respect where it's due. It was the first time she had been seen with her husband at an event in a month (Picture: AP) President Trump and First Lady Melania pictured in December 2017 (Picture: AP) President Trump and Melania at his January 2017 inauguration.

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They are characterized by what was referred to as a "door of no return" - an archway on the seaboard side of the castle which slaves were forced to walk through to be lowered onto boats and taken to cargo ships.

Melania's visit shall also highlight her passion for wildlife and conservation as she takes a trip to the Nairobi National Park in one of the animal orphanages where she will adopt an animal. Her five-day, four-nation tour will also include stops in Malawi, Kenya and Egypt.

Osabarima Kwesi Atta II said visits like these draw the attention of people who can help remodel the Castle to make it look "better" than it is now.

With the Africa visit, the first lady aims to take "Be Best" and its focus on opioid abuse and online behaviour to an global audience.

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Melania Trump embraces Lillian Naa Adai Sai, 8, as she receives flowers.

In June, she made a surprise visit to Texas to visit detained children at the Mexican border, wearing a jacket emblazoned with the words "I really don't care".

The US First Lady cuddled some babies at the hospital, before also donating a phototherapy machine, teddy bears and assorted baby items.

She then donned it again the following day before going to visit a local children's hospital, where she spent time meeting some of the patients.

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