Barack Obama, right, is dressed as a Somali elder by Sheikh Mahmed Hassan, left, during his visit to Wajir in northeastern Kenya, near the borders with Somalia and Ethiopia. AP 2007

epa01266971 (FILE) A picture issued on 25 February 2008 showing US Senator Barack Obama (R) who is anointed an elder and given traditional Somali clothes by Sheikh Mahmed Hassan in Wajir, northern Kenya, on 27 August, 2006. The senator was given a camel as sign of appreciation for the visit but opted to donate it to the residents of Wajir after touring USAID projects in the town which was the epicenter of a severe drought earlier in the year. US Democratic presidential hopefuls Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton will compete in the Ohio primary on 04 March 2008. EPA/IBRAHIM ELMI webgallery