Melania visits slave castle in Ghana

Melania visits slave castle in Ghana

Melania visits slave castle in Ghana

The First Lady of the United States of America (USA), Melania Trump on Wednesday visited the Cape Coast Castle after her brief visit to the Emintsimadze palace in Cape Coast.

Trump spent about an hour on a tour Wednesday of the 17th century Cape Coast Castle, including inside the castle's dungeon for male slaves - used as a holding area before they were sent across the Atlantic Ocean.

Trump is on a tour of four African countries; she was in Ghana on Tuesday and will also visit Kenya and Egypt.

She said the tour is "really something that people should see and experience".

Trump's visit to Ghana has inevitably drawn comparisons to that of former president Barack Obama and his wife Michelle in 2009. Mr. Obama said it was a reminder of "the capacity of human beings to commit great evil".

Mrs. Trump kicked off her tour with a stop in Ghana where she had tea with Ghana's first lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo, at the country's presidential palace.

Mrs Trump (centre) donates teddy bears to patients during a visit to the Greater Accra Regional Hospital in Accra, Ghana, October 2, 2018.

"Her trip will focus on maternal and newborn care in hospitals, education for children, the deep culture and history woven into each African country, and how the United States is supporting each country on its journey to self-reliance", the White House said before she left.

"The dungeons that I saw, it's really something that people should see and experience", she told reporters.

After passing through the "door of no return", she placed a wreath nearby and stood solemnly while her guide sang.

But Trevor was also quick to question why Melania was going to take her campaign about cyberbullying to a place where many were struggling with even getting online.

Meanwhile, evangelist Franklin Graham praised the first lady for her willingness to reach out to those who are less fortunate.

They exchanged gifts: a Chippendale silver tray embossed with an image of the White House inside a leather case signed by "First Lady Melania Trump" for Akufo-Addo, and Kente cloth and artifacts for Mrs. Trump, according to her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham.

Afterward, the first lady tweeted: "Day two in #Ghana was so impactful".

She also said she will use the trip to find out how the USA can continue working together with Malawi to support a USAid programme that is focussed on children's education.

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