Michelle Obama arrives in Botswana

Michelle Obama on Friday began the second leg of her weeklong visit to Africa by wielding a brush to help paint a mural at a clinic that treats children living with HIV/Aids.

The disease is a major public health challenge in Botswana, a country of 2-million people, including about 300 000 people living with HIV/Aids.

The first lady is promoting health and wellness on her visit, with a special emphasis on HIV-prevention.

Her first stop upon arrival was at the clinic in the capital of Gaborone that is sponsored by Baylor University. The clinic serves 4 000 children and their families.

Obama and family members travelling with her helped paint a mural on the wall of a new facility under construction.

The first lady then headed to lunch with women leaders from different generations.

Presidential visit
She also planned a brief visit to President Ian Khama before taking the family to dinner at a nature park.

Obama flew to Botswana from Cape Town on Friday morning. She, her daughters Malia (12) and Sasha (10) were welcomed with a performance of traditional African dances performed a group of children ages 6 to 18. The children wore traditional costumes of hide and sang to Obama in greeting.

She also greeted a separate group of children waving the American flag and the blue and black flag of Botswana.

The first lady’s mission began last Monday in South Africa. She returns to the White House on Monday.—Sapa-AP

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