Large video screens were set up around the village of Qunu for the more than 4,000 mourners who gathered for the service. Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images hide caption

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The Scene From The Funeral In Qunu
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Nelson Mandela casts his vote during South Africa's first all-race elections in 1994. Mandela's example led to more democracy across Africa, although overall political freedom has declined on the continent in the last five years. John Parkin/AP hide caption

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South Africans Reflect On Mandela's 'Rainbow Nation'
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On Dec. 8, three days after Nelson Mandela's death, a girl in Johannesburg lights a candle in his memory. Poet Mbali Vilakazi has written an elegy for Mandela that asks the next generation of South Africans to continue his legacy. Pedro Ugarte/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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An Elegy For Mandela Looks Back In Mourning, Forward In Hope
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A mother and her son stand in their garden behind a fence at the perimeter of Nelson Mandela's property in Qunu, South Africa, as funeral preparations continue Friday. Mandela will be buried Sunday in the small, rural village that was his boyhood home. Yannis Behrakis/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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For Burial, Mandela Will Return To His Beloved Boyhood Village
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As President Obama and other world leaders spoke Tuesday in Johannesburg at a memorial for Nelson Mandela, a man stood nearby and appeared to be doing sign language interpretation. Many in the deaf community are outraged because the man appeared to be faking. Pedro Ugarte /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Graca Machel bids farewell to her husband, Nelson Mandela, whose body lay in state Wednesday at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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South African President Jacob Zuma addresses the memorial service for Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Tuesday. The audience at the service began booing Zuma from the moment he stepped into the stadium. Meng Chenguang/Xinhua/Landov hide caption

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South Africans Cheer Mandela, Jeer President Jacob Zuma
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South Africans Line The Streets For Mandela Procession
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