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Wednesday, thousands of people who came from around the world waited to see the body of Nelson Mandela and pay their respects to the former South African president; Nelson Mandela’s body will be in the capital, Pretoria for the next three days, according to USA Today.

Nelson Mandela’s body is in a casket and was placed under a tent; he will be buried on Sunday. Long lines of people waited for hours just to see Mandela on Wednesday.

Tuesday, President Obama and the first lady and leaders from around the world attended a memorial for Nelson Mandela in South Africa. President Obama spoke at the memorial. For more on this story, click here.

Nelson Mandela is a former president of South Africa and was best known for spending 27 years in prison in South Africa during apartheid.

In 1993, Mandela was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. In 1994, Mandela became South Africa's first black president and served for five years. His last public appearance was during the 2010 World Cup soccer tournament when it was held in South Africa. He was imprisoned for 27 years in an attempt to fight racist white rule. Mandela was retired and lived in the village of Qunu.

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