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School children play on June 11 2013 play football on a dusty... News Photo 170367691Child,Close To,Dust,Eastern Cape,Football,Former,Horizontal,Human Interest,Mthatha,Nelson Mandela,People,Playground,Playing,President,Qunu,Return,South Africa,South African,VillagePhotographer AFPCollection: AFP 2013 AFPTO GO WITH WITH STORY BY JUSTINE GERARDY School children play on June 11, 2013 play football on a dusty playground at the Nelson Mandela No-Moscow Primary School in in Qunu, near Mthatha in the Eastern Cape, where former South African president Nelson Mandela grew up before returning to the village after his term as president. In the rural South African village where he once roamed as a boy, the lowered flags at Nelson Mandela's homestead are a constant reminder of his absence. Ill health forced the 94-year-old, now battling a lung infection in hospital, to leave Qunu months ago, but his latest illness has sparked prayers, worry and resignation in his home town. AFP PHOTO / JENNIFER BRUCE (Photo credit should read JENNIFER BRUCE/AFP/Getty Images)