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Richard Branson’s Blog about Nelson Mandela’s Funeral

December 18, 2013 by

Richard Branson, who is on The Elders‘ Advisory Council with Jeff Skoll and Sally Osberg, just wrote this blog that we’d like to share with you:

“It was a great honour to be present at Nelson Mandela’s funeral in his home village of Qunu. There is an African saying that you’ve not buried the person unless you go to the village, so it was a fitting send off to Madiba.

We drove through the night to get to the funeral, and were met by a magnificent rainbow, which seemed appropriate for this beautiful rainbow nation.  I spoke to a lovely five-year-old girl called Jamie, who summed up how we all felt when she said: ‘It really makes my heart sore. I think I might cry.’

The government organised the memorial service earlier this week, which was a great occasion shared by people all over the world celebrating the life of Madiba. If he had been organising it himself I’m sure there would have been a little more dancing and singing!”

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