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It is past midnight in Accra  (EDT +4)  where Hillary Clinton arrived this evening and met with  President Mahama.   On Twitter, I found a tweet from a Ghanaian source stating that she had landed.  I followed the link to the source’s website and found these touching posts covering three days of official mourning.  Mme. Secretary is in Ghana to attend the funeral of President John Atta Mills who passed on July 24.   Clearly he was well-loved.  He was running for reelection and by all indications was expected to win.

These posts and pictures are reminiscent of what our country went through when JFK was assassinated.  I remember the long, endless lines of people patiently waiting to enter the Capitol Rotunda to say good-bye.  I remember the words that were strange to me: portico, catafelque.  I remember crying a lot.  My heart goes out to the people of Ghana at this difficult time.

Here is the link to Ghana Decides which is covering the events beautifully.  They will be posting coverage all day tomorrow,  and if you scroll down through the posts you will find a schedule of events.

The Winding Queues

On the second day of the three-day funeral, what was prominent everywhere around the vicinity of the funeral grounds was queues – very long queues.

What was revealing about all the queues? Ghanaians were patient enough to stay within it and even form another from the Accra Sports Stadium. Those too tired, in typical Ghanaian fashion, sort refuge with the tiny shade around.

Our team went into town to take photographs of the winding queues that stretched from the Military Cemetery to the State House, and a supplementary queue from the Accra Lawn Tennis Club to the State House.

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