"A great tree has fallen:" South Africa holds funeral for Nelson Mandela in his rural hometown

  • by: CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 15, 2013 - 6:38 AM

QUNU, South Africa — Songs, speeches and the boom of artillery rang across Nelson Mandela's home village during his funeral Sunday as a tribal chief draped in animal skin declared: "A great tree has fallen."

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