June 24 - U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama focuses on children, women and democracy in Botswana. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
U.S First Lady Michelle Obama lands in Botswana Friday making her first stop at the Baylor Children's Centre where she joined young children painting a mural. The children's clinical center provides care and treatment to more than 4,000 children with HIV/AIDS, it was the first of its kind to be opened in Africa. The next stop for the First Lady, a woman's leadership lunch at the Sanitas Tea Garden, where she received an enthusiastic welcome. When she addressed the luncheon she spoke of Botswana's promise. SOUNDBITE: U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, saying (English): "It is a pleasure to be here in this beautiful country that embodies what my husband has called ' vision of Africa on the move'-- that is Botswana -- thriving democracy, vital democracy, fast-growing economy and more importantly a kind and generous people who -- in this short amount of time -- have given me and my family such a warm welcome." At the lunch, Michelle Obama met 23 young women and nine women leaders, representing various sectors including media, education, business and government. The U.S. first lady also made a stop at the office of President Ian Khama -- the fourth president since the country gained independence in 1966. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters