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In pics: Michelle Obama visits Haiti

Michelle Obama with Haitian children

Michelle Obama, wife of American President Barack Obama, was greeted by crowds of delighted children when she made a surprise visit to Haiti.

Michelle Obama in Haiti

She went to meet officials and the people of Haiti - which was devastated by a powerful earthquake in January. America is helping to rebuild the country.

Michelle Obama arrives by helicopter

Michelle's visit was kept a secret for security reasons. Here's her helicopter arriving at the presidential palace in Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince.

Michelle Obama with Haiti President Rene Preval

She met the President of Haiti, Rene Preval. Her trip was partly to reassure the people that America will continue to support them.

Michelle Obama in Haiti

She visited lots of projects which have been set up to help the people of Haiti, many of whom have lost relatives and homes.

Michelle Obama at a school

Michelle also met lots of local children. Here she is at a school where she took part in a painting lesson with the pupils there.

Michelle Obama with Haitian children

Many of the local children were really excited to see her, and gathered around to say hello.