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Nelson Mandela buried at Qunu ancestral home

Updated: 2013-12-16 (KST)
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Family, friends and world leaders bid farewell to Nelson Mandela at a state funeral Sunday in his ancestral hometown of Qunu .
The service took place in a huge tent at the family compound, where Mandela's portrait looked over his coffin draped in the South African flag, and surrounded by 95 candles, each representing a year of his life.
Guests sang and prayed as the service began.

"We praise and thank you, oh God, for that Nelson Mandela, for his faithfulness to your call, his example of justice, peace and reconciliation and his courage to endure suffering, rejection and persecution for the sake of others."

"We are deeply grateful to Madiba. We live in a lively democracy and dignity has been restored to all people."

During the service, a 21-gun salute was heard in the distance.
Around 4-thousand guests attended the ceremony, including leaders of African nations, Prince Charles, and American talk show host Oprah Winfrey.
As the service came to a close, military pallbearers carried the coffin to the burial site for a private ceremony, where about 4-hundred-50 guests paid their last tributes.
Military jets and helicopters displayed South African flags as Mandela's casket was lowered into the ground.
The burial concludes a 10-day period of commemorations following Mandela's death on December 5th.
Mandela spent 27 years in prison locked up for his fight for freedom against the apartheid system.
Kim Min-ji, Arirang News.


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