Obama in Africa
The last time he traveled to Africa, he wore a
backpack and walked with anonymity. Fourteen years later, he
arrives with a title, an entourage and such jubilation that some
roads in his father's village have been freshly paved in his
Aug. 19: Obama returns with fanfare of celebrity
Sen. Obama arrived here Saturday to begin a six-nation sweep through Africa, a journey steeped in political significance and personal reflection.
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Aug. 20: Obama visits Robben Island
The tour guide was Prisoner No. 468. His name is Ahmed Kathrada and for 26 years he was held captive inside the impenetrable stone fortress off the shores of Cape Town.
Aug. 21: Obama challenges country to face AIDS
Sen. Obama said the South African government must awaken from its "denial" over the widespread AIDS crisis, and he pledged to set an example for men across Africa by being tested for HIV.
Aug. 22: Obama scraps visit to Congo
Sen. Obama's planned visit to the Congo has been canceled, as violence surrounding the country's presidential runoff election intensifies.
Aug. 23: Obama in Iranian no-talk zone
Swamp: What if a U.S. senator and an Iranian foreign minister happened to be staying in the same hotel -- on the same floor, no less -- and bumped into each other in the hallway? Read the story
Aug. 24: Waiting for Obama
Swamp: Pardon me, but do you know what time Obama is landing? That was the question posed by the taxi driver, not hiding the fact that he has been obsessed with Sen. Obama's trip. Read the story
Aug. 25: `Our blood is in his'
For days, anticipation had been building over the arrival of Sen. Obama, and when the moment finally came, the patrons inside Elgesa Wine & Spirits strained to see him on a television set atop a beer cooler.
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Aug. 26: Kenyans' welcome is heavy with hope
He arrived in this western Kenyan village aboard an overnight train, walking a half-mile to the bus depot. A gaggle of family led the tour, making a pilgrimage designed to show the American-born relative his African roots. Read the story
Obama hailed as hero on visit to dad's village
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Aug. 27: Obama grabs a bullhorn
Swamp: As Sen. Obama toured the largest slum in all of Africa today, a place called Kibera, crowds of people began gathering in the streets. Read the story
Aug. 28: Kenya chided over corruption
Sen. Obama said that Kenya would struggle to step out of poverty and find its true economic potential unless the nation's entrenched government corruption and deep-seated tradition of tribal politics were abandoned. Read the story
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Aug. 30: Obama defends Africa trip
Swamp: A growing number of questions has been raised about who was footing the bill for Sen. Obama's time in Africa. Like many senators or members of Congress who travel in August, he is taking a congressionally approved fact-finding trip to four nations in Africa. Read the story
Aug. 31: Obama tours the Wild Kingdom
Swamp: When the lion finally lifted its head, the mouth and whiskers were colored blood red. It was the shade of wildebeest blood, a pinkish stain that came from eating a carcass only moments after suffocating it here on the flat plains. Read the story
Sept. 1: Obama arrives in Chad
Swamp: The final stop of Sen. Obama's two-week trip to Africa is approaching as he arrives in the capital of this central African nation today and prepares to fly to a remote camp near the Sudanese border to visit refugees who have been driven from their country by violence. Read the story
Sept. 2: Sudan refugees plead for world's help
At a shelter in Chad, Sen. Obama hears outcry for peacekeepers from families displaced by 3 years of fighting. Read the story
Sept. 3: Q & A at 10,000 feet
Swamp: Since he was elected, Sen. Obama has talked frequently about the humanitarian crisis in Darfur. At the conclusion of his two-week trip to Africa, he spent nearly 90 minutes touring the Mile Refugee Camp near the Sudan border. Read the story