KOFI AN­NAN’S BODY RE­TURNS HOME FOR FU­NERAL

Calgary Herald - - WORLD -

The body of former UN sec­re­tary-gen­eral Kofi An­nan re­ceived a hero’s wel­come upon land­ing at Ko­toka In­ter­na­tional Air­port in Ghana’s capital.

Pres­i­dent Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo was with An­nan’s widow and fam­ily mem­bers Mon­day as uni­formed sol­diers brought An­nan’s cof­fin down from the air­craft amid solemn mu­sic played by a de­tach­ment of Ghana’s armed forces.

An­nan will lie at the Ac­cra In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence Cen­ter, where peo­ple can pay their re­spects in the days be­fore Thurs­day’s state fu­neral.

An­nan died in Au­gust in Switzer­land at age 80.

The grand­son of tribal chiefs, he was the first black African to work as UN sec­re­tary-gen­eral, and was awarded a No­bel Peace Prize.

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