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In Pictures: Smiles and tears for Madiba
As the eulogies were read, the songs sung, Madiba's farewell suddenly became real.
Last updated: 15 Dec 2013 17:22
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Qunu, South Africa - It was a blazing hot summer's day in Qunu.

The sun baked the soil beneath feet of the hundreds of people who had gathered at the museum overlooking the rolling hills of one the country's most famous abodes.

Here, in front of a giant screen, they watched the funeral of Nelson Mandela play out.

It was a scene of mixed emotions, as it has been over the course of the past week, ever since Madiba passed away, on December 5.

For every person smiling, there was another crying. The only constant here was fixation with which these spectators searched the screen for the tiny details, the reminders of the Madiba they knew and loved.

And as the eulogies were read, the songs sung, Madiba's farewell suddenly became real.

And when the casket reached its final place of rest, the final prayer read, the fighter jets that pierced the skyline brought hundreds to their feet in realisation that the jets that thundered their way across the television set, were above them too.

A silence permeated the air. Madiba was about to leave them forever.

Al Jazeera captures some of the striking images of the day in Qunu.


/Azad Essa/ Al Jazeera
For those who could not attend the funeral, a public viewing areas were set up in Qunu.


/Azad Essa/ Al Jazeera
The first fully fledged state funeral had observers transfixed to the television screen.


/Azad Essa/ Al Jazeera
Hundreds watched the big screen patiently as the last rites continued through the morning.


/Azad Essa/ Al Jazeera
Despite knowing the inevitable, many couldn't even bear to watch.


/Azad Essa/ Al Jazeera
Others celebrated as Madiba would have wanted them to.


/Azad Essa/ Al Jazeera
Still, some visitors seemed shocked as the funeral ceremony ended.


/Azad Essa/ Al Jazeera
That a sadness drifted through the air was difficult to deny.


/Azad Essa/ Al Jazeera
Citizen, police, and army looked on transfixed as the ceremony marked an end of an era.



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For those who could not attend the funeral, a public viewing areas were set up in Qunu.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Azad_Mandela%27s_Burial/slideshow/no-caption/9fc7d9b12470222a89d0387aeb0e9b4bAzad Essa/ Al Jazeera

For those who could not attend the funeral, a public viewing areas were set up in Qunu.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Azad_Mandela%27s_Burial/slideshow/no-caption/916bfa3d1828f883a084d8cdcdd8c48e

The first fully fledged state funeral had observers transfixed to the television screen.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Azad_Mandela%27s_Burial/slideshow/no-caption/916bfa3d1828f883a084d8cdcdd8c48eAzad Essa/ Al Jazeera

The first fully fledged state funeral had observers transfixed to the television screen.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Azad_Mandela%27s_Burial/slideshow/no-caption/98a23fad7bd3b6242394adcc07e580b3

Hundreds watched the big screen patiently as the last rites continued through the morning.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Azad_Mandela%27s_Burial/slideshow/no-caption/98a23fad7bd3b6242394adcc07e580b3Azad Essa/ Al Jazeera

Hundreds watched the big screen patiently as the last rites continued through the morning.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Azad_Mandela%27s_Burial/slideshow/no-caption/52d620b9fca0dc9ac439d9f9afbb1dba

Despite knowing the inevitable, many couldn't even bear to watch.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Azad_Mandela%27s_Burial/slideshow/no-caption/52d620b9fca0dc9ac439d9f9afbb1dbaAzad Essa/ Al Jazeera

Despite knowing the inevitable, many couldn't even bear to watch.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Azad_Mandela%27s_Burial/slideshow/no-caption/b4f963837a28e8efac8ac4ab0ff8cf8b

Others celebrated as Madiba would have wanted them to.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Azad_Mandela%27s_Burial/slideshow/no-caption/b4f963837a28e8efac8ac4ab0ff8cf8bAzad Essa/ Al Jazeera

Others celebrated as Madiba would have wanted them to.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Azad_Mandela%27s_Burial/slideshow/no-caption/1ae02125b1f486a5df19421dfbc9e76c

Still, some visitors seemed shocked as the funeral ceremony ended.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Azad_Mandela%27s_Burial/slideshow/no-caption/1ae02125b1f486a5df19421dfbc9e76cAzad Essa/ Al Jazeera

Still, some visitors seemed shocked as the funeral ceremony ended.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Azad_Mandela%27s_Burial/slideshow/no-caption/06d4033845f4a22ce814aeaaf9db29ee

That a sadness drifted through the air was difficult to deny.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Azad_Mandela%27s_Burial/slideshow/no-caption/06d4033845f4a22ce814aeaaf9db29eeAzad Essa/ Al Jazeera

That a sadness drifted through the air was difficult to deny.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Azad_Mandela%27s_Burial/slideshow/no-caption/12737bb5c931a40d385ad99455a74678

Citizen, police, and army looked on transfixed as the ceremony marked an end of an era.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Azad_Mandela%27s_Burial/slideshow/no-caption/12737bb5c931a40d385ad99455a74678Azad Essa/ Al Jazeera

Citizen, police, and army looked on transfixed as the ceremony marked an end of an era.



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