Kofi Annan: A career of triumphs and tribulations in Africa


A master mediator who was keen on flying the flag for peace around the world — and was jointly awarded a Nobel Peace Prize with the UN in 2001 for his efforts — Annan brokered a crucial truce in the bloody aftermath of the Kenyan election violence in 2007.

One Twitter user wrote on hearing of his death Saturday: “Were it not for you, our country would have been brought down to ashes.”

In February 2008, Annan led a UN envoy to Kenya after elections in the east African nation descended into chaos. Post-election violence had broken out after Kenya’s former president Mwai Kibaki was declared winner of the 2007 presidential polls against opposition leader Raila Odinga.

Around 600 people were killed after marauding youths armed with spears, bows, arrows and machetes destroyed homes around the town…

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