Robbed of Robben


FLOTUS visit to Robben Island prison is canceled due to bad weather.

More: NYT on South Africa embracing Michelle Obama.


FLOTUS Pool Report #1

Cape Town — First Lady Michelle Obama will not visit Robben Island Thursday as planned because of high winds and rough waters.
Aides said Obama was looking forward to the trip, where she was planning to tour the cell where South African icon Nelson Mandela was held for part of the 27 years he was imprisoned.
Obama and her family would have been given a tour of the prison by a former inmate, who served time while Mandela was there for opposing apartheid.
Instead, she is touring District Six Museum, which pays homage to the history of a sector of Cape Town. The District, which was established in 1870s as a racially mixed area, was forcibly segregated in the 1970s. Non-whites were removed to barren outlying areas.

Related Topics: Michelle Obama, Nelson Mandela, Robben Island, South Africa, Democratic Party, Foreign Policy, Issues, News

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