Tuesday September 11 2018

Kofi Annan’s body returned to Ghana

Kofi Annan’s body returned to Ghana

Ghanaian soldiers carry the coffin of late Ghanaian diplomat Kofi Atta Annan on the tarmac of Kotoka International Airport in Accra on September 10, 2018. AFP PHOTO  

By AFP

The body of Kofi Annan was on Monday returned to his native Ghana in a solemn ceremony marking the start of official mourning for the former UN secretary-general.
Annan's wife Nane Maria Annan, his children and senior officials from the world body accompanied the casket, which was draped in the blue UN flag, as it arrived from Geneva.
The career diplomat and Nobel peace laureate -- the first UN leader from sub-Saharan Africa -- died on August 18 after a short illness at the age of 80.

People stand past the portrait of late Ghanaian

People stand past the portrait of late Ghanaian diplomat Kofi Atta Annan upon the arrival of his remains at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra on September 10, 2018

Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo, who has praised Annan as "one of the most illustrious people of this generation", was among the dignitaries at the arrival ceremony.
Others included traditional leaders, senior members of the clergy, the hierarchy of the Ghana armed forces and politicians.
His coffin was borne by six Ghanaian soldiers and the Last Post played. The UN standard was then removed and replaced with the red, yellow and green flag of Ghana.

Ghanaian soldiers stand past the coffin of late

Ghanaian soldiers stand past the coffin of late Ghanaian diplomat Kofi Atta Annan covered with the Ghanaian flag on the tarmac of Kotoka International Airport in Accra on September 10, 2018.

"Our son" Annan, who lived in Switzerland near the UN European headquarters in Geneva, was now "at home", those attending were told.
The public will get the chance to pay its respects from Tuesday while scores of world leaders past and present as well as royalty are expected at Thursday's state funeral.
A private burial service will then be held in Accra's military cemetery.

Widow of Kofi Atta Annan, Nane Maria Annan

Widow of Kofi Atta Annan, Nane Maria Annan (4thL) sits with guests and officials at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra following the arrival of the remains of the Ghanaian diplomat who served as the 7th Secretary General of the United Nations from January 1997 to December 2006 on September 10, 2018.

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