The 10 most moving Mandela funeral pictures

2013-12-15 10:10

Here are 10 of the most striking images taken at former president Nelson Mandela's funeral in Qunu.

Mandela died at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg, at the age of 95 on 5 December. An official memorial service was held at FNB stadium, in Soweto. He is being buried at Qunu, in the Eastern Cape.

  • Tears
    The widow of Nelson Mandela Graca Machel, wipes her tears as she attends the funeral ceremony of former president Nelson Mandela in Qunu. (Odd Andersen, AFP)
  • Widow
    The ex-wife of Nelson Mandela, Winnie Mandela Madikizela, and the widow of Nelson Mandela, Graca Machel , stand by the coffin of former president Nelson Mandela during his funeral ceremony in Qunu. (Odd Andersen, AFP)
  • Youth
    Children play in front of the tent dome funeral venue hosting the funeral of South African former president Nelson Mandela. (Roberto Schmidt, AFP)
  • South African
    A screengrab taken from the SABC live feed shows the coffin of Nelson Mandela draped in a South African flag during the funeral service in his childhood village of Qunu. (AFP)
  • Carrying
    Former president Nelson Mandela is escorted to the funeral ceremony in Qunu. (Odd Andersen, AFP)
  • "The Pain Of His Two Loves"
    A young boy carries a stack of newspapers with a picture of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, left, Nelson Mandela's former wife, and Nelson Mandela’ss widow Graca Machel, right, with a headline reading "The Pain Of His Two Loves" during the burial of the former South African President and iconic leader in his hometown Qunu. (Peter Dejong, AP)
  • Greeted
    Archbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu, right is greeted by former president Thabo Mbeki for the funeral service for former South African President Nelson Mandela in Qunu. (Odd Andersen, AP)
  • Family
    A screengrab taken from the SABC  live feed shows granddaughter of former president Nelson Mandela, Nandi Mandela, talking during the funeral service of late Nelson Mandela in his childhood village of Qunu. (AFP)
  • Friend
    Anti-apartheid activist and close friend of Nelson Mandela, Ahmed Kathrada, gives a speech during the funeral ceremony of South African former president Nelson Mandela in Qunu. (Odd Andersen, AFP)
  • Nation watching
    A family watches a television showing the funeral service of Nelson Mandela at their home in Soweto. (Markus Schreiber, AP)
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