Men, women, and children have gathered in South Africa to show their support for Nelson Mandela, who's currently in critical condition at a hospital in Pretoria. Last weekend, President Obama and First Lady Michelle
met with Mandela's family at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory in Johannesburg, and Obama later released a statement. "I expressed my hope that Madiba draws peace and comfort from the time that he is spending with loved ones, and also expressed my heartfelt support for the entire family as they work through this difficult time," Obama said. "I also reaffirmed the profound impact that his legacy has had in building a free South Africa, and in inspiring people around the world — including me. That's a legacy that we must all honor in our own lives, including this July on Mandela Day."
The former South African president has been an international inspiration for several decades, offering
words of wisdom on everything from freedom to family to self-improvement over the years. Outside the hospital, there are gifts, signs, and letters that have been left for Mandela, and crowds have flocked to the area to pray and sing for the former world leader. Take a look at these touching pictures of Mandela supporters in South Africa.
A child carried a picture of Mandela to add to the memorial wall outside the hospital.
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Signs line the wall outside the Pretoria hospital where Mandela is being treated.
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A man cried while standing at the tribute wall outside the hospital.
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The African National Congress Women's League sang, danced, and prayed in support of Mandela outside the hospital.
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One woman held up a sign in support of Mandela and his family.
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A child and her grandmother attached a balloon to the memorial wall outside the hospital.
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A pastor spoke to supporters outside the Pretoria hospital where Mandela is being treated.
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People lit candles as part of a tribute to Mandela.
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One woman became emotional as the African National Congress Women's League sang and prayed outside the hospital.
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People brought balloons to add to the tribute wall.
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Near the hospital, a young child held up a sign of support for Mandela.
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Children walked near a mural of Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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A little boy from the children's choir that sang outside the hospital sported a message of support on his shirt.
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Two boys took a moment to read some of the well wishes outside the hospital where Mandela's being treated.
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A man became emotional after praying for Mandela outside the hospital in Pretoria, South Africa.
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Children gathered outside the hospital to offer prayers.
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Supporters cheered after singing the South African national anthem outside the hospital.
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Outside the hospital where Mandela is being treated, 95 children marched and sang carrying balloons.
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The children released all 95 balloons — a tribute to Mandela's upcoming 95th birthday on July 18.
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A woman sported earrings with Mandela's face on them to show her support.
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A little girl added a teddy bear to the wall lined with tributes, gifts, and flowers.
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Supporters of the African National Congress put up posters near Mandela's former home in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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Outside the Pretoria hospital, supporters have left signs, portraits, and gifts for Mandela.
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Members of the Umkhonto We Sizwe Military Veterans Association paid their respects to Mandela with a prayer outside the hospital.
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A man near the hospital held up a piece of fabric with Mandela's face on it to show his support.
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