Africa

Qunu: The remote village where Mandela will be laid to rest

  • 13 December 2013
  • From the section Africa
Child in Qunu and quote from Nelson Mandela Image copyright Getty Images

Nelson Mandela spent much of his childhood in the small, Eastern Cape village of Qunu - a place he chose to return to after his release from prison. In fact, little has changed there since the future President of South Africa herded animals as a five-year-old boy.

World affairs correspondent Mike Wooldridge takes a tour.

Click on the panels on the map below to see more of Qunu. Scroll down for the reflections of local people on Mr Mandela's life.

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  • Qunu village

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  • Family burial ground

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    Across the road from the Mr Mandela's home, is the Mandela family burial ground, where Mandela's ancestors and some of his children are buried.

  • Mandela's house

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  • To Mqhekezweni

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    Beneath the gum trees at Mqhekezweni, six miles from Qunu, a young Mr Mandela is said to have learned about history and politics from tribal elders. He moved to Mqhekezweni to stay with his uncle, a tribal chief, after his father died. The mud hut in which Mr Mandela lived is still standing.

  • Burial site

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    Mr Mandela will not be buried in the family burial ground. He will be buried in a grave on a hill in the grounds of his home.

  • He would ask 'when am I going home to Qunu?'

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    South African MP and friend of Mr Mandela, Bantu Holomisa, describes how the former South African president longed to return to Qunu.

  • 'He changed so many lives'

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    Sinbile Siwendo, who lives in Qunu, talks about what Nelson Mandela meant to him, saying he changed many lives.

  • 'He was a rural boy'

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    Nozuko Yokwana, chair of the Nelson Mandela Museum in Qunu described him as a 'rural boy... just like any other village person' and says villagers will miss his laughter.

  • Nelson Mandela Museum

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