Under a sunny African sky, Nelson Mandela was buried Sunday on a hill overlooking his beloved boyhood village. Members of his clan, national leaders and a global audience bid farewell to the man who transformed his country.
Some African leaders transformed their home villages into monuments glorifying themselves. Nelson Mandela rejected such extravagance and will be buried Sunday in a tiny farming village that's barely changed since he lived there nearly a century ago.
South Africans are paying their respects at a hilltop amphitheater in Pretoria, the spot where Mandela was sworn in as the country's first black president nearly 20 years ago. As many as 1 million people are expected to visit over three days.
With a mix of joyful, mournful and soulful music tens of thousands of South Africans and dozens of world leaders gathered in a huge soccer stadium to celebrate the country's emancipator - Nelson Mandela. Follow the NPR coverage.
As they mourn the iconic anti-apartheid leader who shepherded South Africa to multiracial democracy, South Africans are experiencing mixed emotions. Some feel at peace with Nelson Mandela's death. Some are in disbelief, and some are anxious.