President Anwar Sadat of the United Arab Republic returned to his home village in the central Delta provinces of Monoufiyeh for the funeral of his father yesterday (Thursday).
GV Wreaths carried down street during funeral
SV Sadat shaking hands with officials
SV PAN Hussein El Shafei, Vice-President with Kamal El Din Hussein, former Vice-President, Khaled Mohei El Din in procession
SV Coffin carried to graveyard
SV Sadat shaking hands with mourners
GV Sadat arrives at family home
SCU Sadat shakes hands & embraces mourners (2 shots)
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Background: President Anwar Sadat of the United Arab Republic returned to his home village in the central Delta provinces of Monoufiyeh for the funeral of his father yesterday (Thursday). Other government leaders, including Vice President Hussein El Shafei, accompanied the head of state at the funeral ceremonies.
SYNOPSIS: Mit Abul Kom, a small village in the central Delta area of the United Arab Republic, is birthplace of President Anwar Sadat. But it was a sad homecoming for the Egyptian head of state on Thursday. He had come back to attend the funeral of his father, who had died the previous day. Vice-President Hussein El Shafei and other government leaders accompanied the head of state at the Moslem funeral ceremonies.
The President has often referred to his roots in the country, describing his childhood as a typical rural upbringing.
The Sadat family home was built fifteen years ago. On Thursday, it was a place of sadness. But the memory of the President's father will obviously live on, perpetuated in the accomplishments of his son.