Annan gets a chicken for his efforts

Other gifts may well wind up in Annan’s living room, but this one likely carried the most symbolism.

Mr Annan received a rare gift – a cockerel – from a post-election violence victim for striking the deal that reduced simmering tensions in the country and gave hope to millions of Kenyans of a return to peace and stability. Civil servant Dismas Ooko, who is a lawyer, turned up at Serena Hotel in Nairobi with the white cockerel, a gift he said represented ordinary poor Kenyans, who suffered most during the nearly two months of violence sparked by disputed last year’s presidential election results.

“The cockerel represents rural populace and people who live in slums,” he said, after handing the bird to Mr Annan.

– From Daily Nation Article, “Gifts Galore as Annan Says Goodbye

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