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President Barack Obama recently traveled to South Africa, and made sure to visit the family of the ailing Nelson Mandela while he was there.

The meeting took place at the Nelson Mandela Centre. During his visit, Obama shared a message of support with Mandela’s relatives. He didn’t visit the former South African president at the hospital where he has been recovering for the past few weeks, though.

Obama held a speech at a town hall meeting at the Soweto campus of the University of Johannesburg. Though his visit was met with cheers, police were called in to disperse several hundred protestors who were on hand. The officers fired stun grenades into the gathered crowd.

During a recent interview, Mandela’s daughter Makaziwe have a status update on the 94-year-old South African hero. “I won’t lie, it doesn’t look good,” she says. “But as I say, if we speak to him, he responds and tries to open his eyes. He’s still there.”

Posted by:Terri Schwartz