Sunday, December 15, 2013

In South Africa, thousands gather to mourn Mandela at funeral in his childhood village --- QUNU, South Africa — The final journey took many hours and covered many hundreds of miles. Nelson Mandela was honored before his burial with stirring eulogies and soulful music, escorted by presidents and princes, paupers and billionaires. -- His remains were laid to rest during a simple burial ceremony on the green hillside of his cherished homestead, next to the graves of three of his children. -- “While your long walk to freedom is over, our own journey continues,” South African President Jacob Zuma said in his eulogy. “We dare not reverse your achievements. . . . As you take your final steps, South Africa will continue to rise.” -- There was unity among Mandela’s family members inside the tent, with no sign of the public feuds that erupted this year over his wealth and legacy. Mandela’s ex-wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, walked with his widow, Graça Machel. The audience included both critics and allies of the ruling African National Congress, Mandela’s political party. - More, Washingtonpost


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