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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Thamsanqa Jantjie, whose appearance at a memorial service for Nelson Mandela angered many in South Africa's deaf community and has led to an apology from the government. His sign language interpretation was just meaningless gestures, say those who understand that language. Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP hide caption

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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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People holding a South African flag sing as they arrive at Ellis Park in Johannesburg, South Africa, to watch a telecast of the Nelson Mandela memorial service on Tuesday. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Members of the public sing and dance as they arrive for the Nelson Mandela memorial service at the FNB Stadium, on Tuesday in Johannesburg, South Africa. Christopher Furlong/Getty Images hide caption

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A woman prays outside the house of former South African President Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg on Friday, the day after his death. Stephane de Sakutin /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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South Africa's Nelson Mandela was one of the few figures who managed to make the transition from liberation leader to successful politician and president. Thomas White/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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