Photo Essay

  • A young girl marches in celebration of the life of Nelson Mandela, in the street outside his old house in Soweto, Johannesburg, Dec. 6, 2013.
  • Mourners sing and dance to celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela, in the street outside his old house in Soweto, Dec. 6, 2013.
  • Boys gather outside Nelson Mandela’s house after news of his death in Houghton, South Africa, Dec. 6, 2013.
  • An elderly township resident rests during celebrations commemorating the life of Nelson Mandela in the street outside his old house in Soweto, Dec. 6, 2013.
  • People comfort each other outside the residence of former South African President Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg, Dec. 6, 2013.
  • A mourner carries a picture of Nelson Mandela in Soweto, Dec. 6, 2013.
  • People gather in memory of Former President Nelson Mandela, at a statue of him in Bloemfontein, South Africa, Dec. 6, 2013.
  • People sing and dance during gathering of mourners on Vilakazi Street in Soweto, Dec. 6, 2013.
  • A well-wisher holds his child up for a photograph in front of a poster of Nelson Mandela in Soweto, Dec. 6, 2013.
  • A boy pauses at a shrine outside the home of former South African President Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg, Dec. 6, 2013.
  • Archbishop Desmond Tutu shakes hands with a young man during a mass at St Georges Cathedral in Capetown, Dec. 6, 2013.
  • Schoolchildren hold candles near a giant portrait of former South African President Nelson Mandela in Chennai, India, Dec. 6, 2013.
  • A Palestinian protester walks with signs depicting Nelson Mandela in the West Bank village of Bilin, near Ramallah, Dec. 6, 2013.
  • News crews interview well wishers in front of the newly installed statue of Nelson Mandela at the South African Embassy in Washington, DC, Dec. 5, 2013.
  • People line up to sign the book of condolence for Nelson Mandela at the South African High Commission in Trafalgar Square, London, Dec. 6, 2013.
  • An Indian artist draws a portrait of South African former president Nelson Mandela as a part of his homage Calcutta, Dec. 6, 2013.
  • A military officer lowers the flag to half mast outside the Embassy of South Africa in Washington, Dec. 5, 2013.
  • Pakistani schoolchildren hold lamps during a memorial tribute to Nelson Mandela in Karachi, Dec. 6, 2013.
  • College students put flowers before a photo of Nelson Mandela on their campus in Hengyang, China, Dec. 6, 2013.
  • Australian and English cricket fans observe a minute’s silence to mark the passing of Nelson Mandela during the Ashes Cricket Test Match, Adelaide, Australia, Dec. 6, 2013.
  • A newscaster broadcasts from under the marquee at the historic Apollo Theater in New York City, Dec. 4, 2013.
  • A man prays under the marquee at the historic Apollo Theater in New York City, Dec. 4, 2013.
  • A condolence book is seen with a candle and photograph of Nelson Mandela in Stockholm, Dec. 6, 2013.
  • South Africans hold a candlelight vigil outside the house of Nelson Mandela following his death in Johannesburg, Dec. 5, 2013.
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World mourns death of Nelson Mandela

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In life, Nelson Mandela’s transformation from child “troublemaker,” to student activist, to political prisoner, to South Africa’s first black president mirrored the transformation of his country from division in apartheid to unity in democracy. And in passing, Madiba, as he was known to his countrymen, bound together billions once more with the common threads of equality, peace, and hope–this time, to say goodbye.

Outside Mandela’s home in the Johannesburg suburb of Houghton, hundreds gathered to pay tribute to the anti-apartheid hero, who on Thursday passed away at the age of 95, after a long battle with lung problems.

President Jacob Zuma announced Mandela would be buried on Dec. 15 on the Eastern Cape, following a memorial service at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Dec. 10. Mandela’s body will lie in state from Dec. 11-13 at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

Tributes continued to pour in on Friday for the Nobel Laureate and global symbol of revolution. Flags were lowered at the United Nations in Manhattan, New York, and the U.N General Assembly observed a moment of silence.

Read more on how Nelson Mandela is uniting the world once more.