Barack Obama visits Robben Island cell where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years (PHOTOS)

The US President looked visibly moved as he took his wife Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha to notorious Robben Island.Barack Obama spoke simply of being “deeply humbled” as he stepped inside the tiny cell where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years.

The US President looked visibly moved as he took his wife Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha to notorious Robben Island.

He could be seen quietly speaking to his girls explaining the sheer enormity of the struggle against apartheid which took place here on the island.

For a short while this afternoon he wasn’t the most powerful man in the world – but just a caring dad.

He explaining to his girls how Mandela, and many other revered names of the fight for freedom, were jailed here in 1964.

Mandela has recalled how on being transported on a wooden ferry to the island prison guards urinated over him.

The extraordinary forgiveness he showed following his release in February 1990 was the message Obama was keen for his girls aged 14 and 12 to understand.

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