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Rare photos of Obama's visit to Kenya in 1987

President Barack Obama arrived in Nairobi, Kenya on Friday — his first trip as president to his father's native country.

He's the first sitting president to visit Kenya, though he's been three times before. He last did so in 2006, as a senator from Illinois.

But his first trip came all the way back in 1987, when the president was in his 20s. These often unseen images show a young Barack visiting his family and learning about the village where a lot of his family still lives.

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    Barack Obama smoking in front his family's hut in Alego, Kenya in 1987.

    Image: Agency Ltd./REX
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    Left to right, Barack, his Grandmother Sarah, Auma Obama (Barack's stepsister) and Kezia Obama (Barack's stepmother) in 1987.

    Image: Agency Ltd./REX
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    Obama in Nairobi, Kenya in 1987 before going to Harvard Business School in America. Pictured left to right, unknown person (rear left), Aunt Jane, a cousin (unknown name), brother Abo (also known as Samson), Barack and brother Ben.

    Image: Agency Ltd./REX
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    Malik Obama, the older brother of Barack Obama, holds an undated picture of Barak, left and himself, middle, and an unidentified friend in his shop in Siaya, Kenya, in 2004.

    Image: Karel Prinsloo/AP
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    A young Barack Obama seen in this undated photo helping his grandmother with a large sack of maize as they walk back to her home in the village of Kogelo, Kenya.

    Image: Deadline/Caters News/ZUMA Press
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    Barack Obama on his first visit to Kenya in 1987. In this Obama family photo are: (bottom row, from left) half-sister Auma, her mother Kezia Obama, Obama's step-grandmother Sarah Hussein Onyango Obama and unknown; (top row, from left) unknown, Barack Obama, half-brother Abongo (Roy) Obama, an unknown woman, brother Abo, and another unknown.

    Image: Solo/ZUMA Press
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    Then-U.S. Senator Barrack Obama holds his grandmother Sarah Hussein Obama as they walk alongside family members (including a young Malia) in Nyangoma village in 2006.

    Image: David Snyder/ZUMA Press
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    Kenyans wave a U.S. flag as they welcome then-U.S. Senator Barack Obama in Nairobi, Kenya in 2006.

    Image: RADU SIGHETI/Reuters/Corbis
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    Obama waves to supporters in Nairobi in 2006 during a visit to the memorial to the 248 people killed in the 1998 bombing of the U.S. Embassy in the city.

    Image: RADU SIGHETI/Reuters/Corbis
    Source: mashable.com