Nelson Mandela Buried in Small Town Where He Grew Up

Nelson Mandela was buried Sunday in the small town he grew up in, capping ten days of mourning for the South African leader and anti-apartheid crusader.

"Now I have lost a brother. My life is a void. I don't know who to turn to," Ahmed Kathrada, one of Mandela's oldest friends, told mourners in a football field-sized dome in the Eastern Cape hills where Mandela was born.

Mandela's casket was draped with the South African flag before it was carried up a hill to a burial place in Qunu.


Instead of a parade of world leaders that praised the life of Mandela at the large national service this week, family members recalled the former President on Sunday. "He was a lot of fun to be around. He was a great storyteller. At dinner he liked telling stories about his childhood and he preferred telling stories laughing at himself," Nandi Mandela, his granddaughter, told attendees.

Mandela was given a 21-gun salute, and South African jets flew overhead, as the casket was carried to his family burial spot.