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Nelson Mandela: His life in pictures

We look back on Nelson Mandela's extraordinary life in our photo gallery.
Tensions over apartheid began to grow. The ANC was banned in 1960 and the protests became violent. In 1964 Mandela was sentenced to life in prison for sabotage and trying to violently overthrow the government.
Nelson Mandela in 1961
Huge crowds greeted the news of Mandela's prison release from with massive celebrations.
Man celebrates Mandela's release from prison
Mandela was born Rolihlahla Dalibhunga in 1918. He was given the name Nelson by a teacher at school. He became a lawyer after studying law at university.
Nelson Mandela at his law office in 1952
Mandela became president of South Africa in 1994 in the country's first democratic elections, after more than 300 years of white rule.
Nelson Mandela takes his presidential oath of office in 1994
Mandela, seen here with US First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughters, will be remembered around the world for his message of peace and unity.
Nelson Mandela with Michelle Obama and her daughters in 2011
In 1990, Mandela was released from prison after 27 years behind bars.
Nelson Mandela after his prison release in 1990
The former South African president Nelson Mandela has died aged 95. He is considered to have been one of the world's greatest leaders. Mandela played a huge part in ending apartheid, a system that forced black and white people to live separate lives in South Africa.
Nelson Mandela in 2003
Mandela stepped down as South African president in 1999.
Nelson Mandela at an election rally in 1999
In 1995 South Africa held its first major sports competition, the Rugby World Cup. Mandela gave his support to the victorious South African team, which was made up mostly of white men. That helped to unite the country.
Nelson Mandela presents Rugby World Cup trophy in 1995
While Mandela was in prison, photos of him were banned and it was even illegal to quote him in public. But people across the world campaigned for his release.
Nelson Mandela's former prison cell
Mandela was given the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993, along with then South African president FW de Klerk. They were jointly awarded for their work to bring about a democratic and racially equal South Africa.
Nelson Mandela receives the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993
Mandela joined the political party African National Congress (ANC) and co-founded the ANC Youth League. He led a campaign against the apartheid, which had been created by South Africa's white ruling government.
Nelson Mandela (right) with other African National Congress activists in the 1960s
Mandela became one of the world's most popular leaders and travelled the world meeting monarchs, politicians and celebrities.
Nelson Mandela with the Queen in 1996