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World mourns Nelson Mandela

People around the world have come out in mourning for former South African leader Nelson Mandel, who died on December 5. The anti-apartheid campaigner, politician and philanthropist served 27 years in prison before being released to a hero’s reception, and being elected as South Africa’s first black president from 1994 to 1999.

World mourns Nelson Mandela
A statue of Nelson Mandela is seen outside the South African Embassy on December 6, 2013 in Washington, DC. Mandela was a leader that helped conquer apartheid in racially divided South Africa after being jailed for his activism for decades. He was South Africa's first black president. He died at the age of 95. (Getty Images)
World mourns Nelson Mandela
Pumla Cohen, a South African who has lived in New York since 1998, pauses at a candle lit vigil outside the South African Consulate in memory of South Africa's former leader and leader against Apartheid, Nelson Mandela, who died on December 6, 2013 in New York, United States. Mandela was a leader that helped conquer apartheid in racially divided South Africa after being jailed for his activism for decades. He was South Africa's first black president; he lived from 1918-2013. (Getty Images)
World mourns Nelson Mandela
A man lights a candle at a candle lit vigil outside the South African Consulate, held in memory of South Africa's former leader and leader against Apartheid, Nelson Mandela, who died on December 6, 2013 in New York, United States. Mandela was a leader that helped conquer apartheid in racially divided South Africa after being jailed for his activism for decades. He was South Africa's first black president; he lived from 1918-2013. (Getty Images)
World mourns Nelson Mandela
Participants observe a minute of silence to pay respect to former South African President Nelson Mandela, a day after his death, during the 9th International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Regional Security Summit in the Bahraini capital, Manama on December 6, 2013. (AFP/Getty Images)
World mourns Nelson Mandela
Members of the public sing in tribute to Nelson Mandela outside the South African embassy near Trafalgar Square on December 6, 2013 in London, England. Mandela was a leader that helped conquer apartheid in racially divided South Africa after being jailed for his activism for decades. He was South Africa's first black president. He died at the age of 95. (Getty Images)
World mourns Nelson Mandela
Manchester United players take part in the minutes applause in remembrance of Nelson Mandela prior to kickoff during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Newcastle United at Old Trafford on December 7, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Getty Images)
World mourns Nelson Mandela
ANC supporters show their respect for Nelson Mandela outside of his one-time house in Vilakazi Street December 6, 2013 in Soweto, South Africa. Mandela, also known as Tata Madiba, passed away on the evening of December 5th at his home in Houghton at the age of 95. Mandela became South Africa's first black president after being jailed for decades for his activism against apartheid in a racially-divided South Africa. (Getty Images)
World mourns Nelson Mandela
Minister Kimberly Binion and other members of the First AME Church Freedom Mass Choir sing the South African National Anthem in honor of the late former South African President and anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela, whose image appears on the left, during choir rehearsal on December 5, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. First AME Church of Los Angeles was the site of Nelson Mandela's first visit to Los Angeles after he was freed from prison. The Freedom Mass Choir sang for him then and during later visits to the US Incumbent South African President Jacob Zuma announced earlier today that Mandela has died at the age of 95. (Getty Images)
World mourns Nelson Mandela
People photograph the marquee at the historic Apollo Theater, announcing the death of former South African President and civil rights champion Nelson Mandela, on December 5, 2013 in the Harlem neighborhood of the Manhattan borough of New York, United States. Mandela was a leader that helped conquer apartheid in racially divided South Africa after being jailed for his activism for decades. He was South Africa's first black president; he lived from 1918-2013. (Getty Images)
World mourns Nelson Mandela
Sophia Anderson, 9, holds her lit candle during a candlelight vigil for Nelson Mandela at Leimert Park in Los Angeles, California on December 6, 2013. When Nelson Mandela died at age 95 on December 5, President Barack Obama hailed him as belonging 'to the ages' and ordered that flags on US government buildings be flown at half-mast - a rare tribute to a foreign leader, yet decades ago many in America did not share in the adulation of Mandela and his African National Congress (ANC), which had been billed a terrorist organization by both South Africa and the United States, as Mandela's severest right-wing critics pained him as an unrepentant terrorist and a communist sympathiser. (AFP/Getty Images)
World mourns Nelson Mandela
A mourner places flowers near a grafitti of late Nelson Mandela painted on the wall of a building in Loures, on the outskirts of Lisbon, on December 6, 2013. The world today mourned South Africa's beloved Nelson Mandela, the iconic anti-apartheid hero and endearing former statesman who was hailed universally as an 'incredible gift' to humanity. Nelson Mandela, the revered icon of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa and one of the towering political figures of the 20th century, died aged 95, on December 5, 2013 in Johannesburg. South African President Jacob Zuma announced a 10-day period of mourning following the death of Mandela, culminating in a state funeral and burial on December 15, 2013. (AFP/Getty Images)
World mourns Nelson Mandela
Pakistani schoolchildren hold lamps during a memorial tribute to South African late president Nelson Mandela, in Karachi on December 6, 2013. People gathered in cities around the world to make their own personal tributes to Nelson Mandela on December 6, leaving flowers and setting up makeshift shrines in an outpouring of emotion for South Africa's anti-apartheid icon. (AFP/Getty Images)