People in the Soweto township of Johannesburg sing songs in Mandela's honor. (Getty Images)

Schoolchildren in former South African President Nelson Mandela's home village sang songs in his honor, and others left balloons and well wishes outside the hospital where he's completed nearly a week of treatment for a recurring lung infection, the Huffington Post reports:

There was no immediate word Friday on his condition, though the government said late Thursday he was improving though remained in serious condition.

At Mandela's childhood school in Qunu, school children in bright blue uniforms sang in his honor Friday. Others have gathered to pray outside the Pretoria hospital where he is staying.

The leader of South Africa's anti-apartheid movement, Mandela spent 27 years in prison during white racist rule. He was freed in 1990 and became South Africa's first black president in 1994.


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