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Nelson Mandela is laid to rest in boyhood hometown

POSTED: 5:31 AM Dec 15 2013   UPDATED: 7:53 AM Dec 15 2013

As 95 candles glowed in the background to mark each year of his life, thousands of mourners gathered at Nelson Mandela's state funeral in his childhood village of Qunu. About 4,500 people gathered, including President Jacob Zuma, who sat between Mandela's widow, Graca Machel, and his ex-wife, Winnie Mandela.

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Candles are lit under a portrait of former South African President Nelson Mandela before his funeral ceremony.

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