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Paying Tribute to Madiba on Mandela Day

To see more tributes to activist and former South African president Nelson Mandela, explore the #MandelaDay and #Madiba hashtags.

Nelson Mandela was only 33 years old when a speech he gave incited a protest in Durban and first landed him in jail. Over the next 10 years, Mandela would be arrested three more times for his work fighting South Africa’s oppressive apartheid regime until a 1962 conviction for sedition sent him to prison for the next 27 years.

“I was hoping to capture some sense of the hardships he suffered,” retired Johannesburg math lecturer Vivien Budge (@vivbudge) says of the young Mandela portrait she painted, “the anger he must have felt at the injustices he witnessed and the relentless tenacity, determination and courage with which he fought for his beliefs.”

After his release in 1990, Mandela helped bring an end to apartheid in South Africa and became the country’s first black democratically elected President. Mandela, who died last December but would have been 96 today, continues to inspire South Africans and others around the world to this day.

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Exploring the Nelson Mandela Statue in Pretoria

To see more photos and videos of the new Nelson Mandela statue, explore the Union Buildings location page.

In Pretoria, South Africa, a statue of the former president Nelson Mandela stands out across the skyline. The statue was unveiled on South Africa’s Day of Reconciliation, a public holiday which marks the end of racial conflict in South Africa, shortly after Mandela passed away at the age of 95.

Standing nine meters (30 feet) tall in front of the Union Buildings at the government headquarters, the bronze statue shows Mandela’s hands outstretched to show how he embraced the whole nation. Sculptors Andre Prinsloo and Ruhan Janse van Vuuren also hid a bronze rabbit in Mandela’s ear, symbolizing the haste with which they took to finish the statue.

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Documenting South Africa’s Farewell to Nelson Mandela with @danielberehulak

To view photos and videos from the 10 days of mourning for Nelson Mandela, follow @danielberehulak on Instagram.

Following the news of Nelson Mandela’s death, Australian photojournalist Daniel Berehulak (@danielberehulak) has been sharing scenes from the 10 days of mourning.

From the crowds which gathered to pay respects outside the former South African president’s home in Houghton, Johannesburg, to the stands of the First National Bank (FNB) stadium for the state memorial service, Daniel has been sharing photos while covering the story for the New York Times, choosing moments and outtakes which wouldn’t make the picture desk cut.

Some of the most moving photos from the last 10 days show crowds thronging the pavements along the route of the funeral procession being lead through Pretoria. He said the atmosphere along the route was one of joy—with people celebrating Mandela’s life more than mourning it.

"The mood indeed has been mixed, with people overcome with emotion only shortly after witnessing the cortège driving past, with the reality probably setting in," he said. "Thousands and thousands of people lined up to catch buses in order to pay their respects to Nelson Mandela. The mood was incredibly jovial despite the sombre reality. People want to celebrate his life rather than mourn it. They were certainly marking it by singing and dancing in the streets."

Daniel’s photos have captured a nation in mourning for a leader and the celebration of an outstanding life. “People were paying homage to his incredible life and the impact that he and had on South Africa and what he meant to people across the world.” On Sunday, a traditional burial ceremony took place in Qunu, Mandela’s Eastern Cape home town.

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Remembering Nelson Mandela

To view more photos and videos from Instagrammers remembering Nelson Mandela, visit the #madiba, #mandela and #nelsonmandela hashtags.

People around the world are gathering to remember and celebrate the life of Nelson “Madiba” Mandela who died late on Thursday. Mandela led the fight against apartheid in South Africa. In 1963, he was arrested and spent the next 27 years in prison. Local and international pressure for his release escalated in the late 1980s, and on February 11, 1990, he was released from prison. Mandela was elected President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999, the first black South African to hold the office.

Crowds have grown outside Mandela’s house in Johannesburg as people all over the world remember and celebrate his life. To see more images and videos from the many vigils taking place today, visit these location pages:

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South Africa Commemorates Nelson Mandela’s Birthday

On July 18, South Africans and people around the world observe Mandela Day and honor the birthday of anti-apartheid activist, former South African President and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Nelson Mandela. Today is Mandela’s 95th birthday.

Mandela Day was formally established by the United Nations in 2009 and asks people around the world to honor Mandela’s legacy through volunteering or performing community service. Share your own Mandela Day experience and see others’ through the #mandeladay hashtag.

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Happy Birthday Nelson Mandela!

Today, South Africa celebrated Nelson Mandela’s 94th birthday, known as Mandela Day. In honor of the 67 years Mandela fought for civil rights, many South Africans gave 67 minutes of their day back to local communities. See more photos of the festivities tagged #MandelaDay and #67minutes.