CC image of Boutros Boutros-Ghali
Former U.N. Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali died on Tuesday at the age of 93, reported international news agency Reuters.
Boutros-Ghali died at Al Salam Hospital in Cairo. He suffered a broken leg and heart and kidney problems said Reuters which cited Egypt’s state news agency MENA.
Boutros-Ghali came from a wealthy family with an impressive political lineage and he bridged several realms. As an Egyptian, he was able to claim to be both Arab and African.
He was a Coptic Christian from a mainly Muslim country and married an Egyptian Jew, who converted to his religion.
Boutros-Ghali found himself jeered in Sarajevo, Mogadishu and Addis Ababa. His style was to wade into crowds and confront protesters when security guards permitted. “I am used to fundamentalists in Egypt arguing with me,” he told Reuters.
He was criticized for the U.N.’s failure to act during the 1994 Rwandan Genocide. He will be remembered in history as the first UN Secretary General from Africa.