Nelson Mandela Buried

    The coffin of South African former president Nelson Mandela is carried on a gun carrier for a traditional burial during his funeral in Qunu on December 15, 2013. South Africa's first black president Nelson Mandela received a tearful state funeral at his childhood village of Qunu on Sunday, followed by a traditional burial attended by family and friends. Mandela, the revered icon of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa and one of the towering political figures of the 20th century, died in Johannesburg on December 5 at age 95.    AFP PHOTO / POOL /  FELIX DLANGAMANDLA        (Photo credit should read FELIX DLANGAMANDLA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Nelson Mandela was buried Sunday in a private ceremony in his family’s ancestral home in Qunu. “A great tree has fallen, he is going home to his forefathers,” said Chief Ngangomhlaba Matanzima, a family spokesman who spoke. An estimated 4,500 people attended the private ceremony, which included family and heads of state. Sunday’s ceremony is the last of the 10-day commemoration for Mandela, who died on December 5 at the age of 95. South African military helicopters and jets flew by just before his casket was lowered into the ground, and canons fired a 21-gun salute. Hundreds of villagers watched the funeral from a large screen nearby, and one woman cried “who will be our father?” during the ceremony.

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