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SAfrica's Mandela remains in hospital for 7th day

Friday - 6/14/2013, 11:04am  ET

School children read school books on a high bench at Qunu primary school, Qunu, South Africa, Friday June 14, 2013, where former South African President Nelson Mandela went to school for the first time and was given his name Nelson by a teacher on his first day at the school. Nelson Mandela's health is improving but the 94-year-old beloved anti-apartheid hero remains in serious condition, South Africa's president said Thursday. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Schoolchildren in Nelson Mandela's home village are singing songs in his honor and others are leaving balloons and well wishes outside the hospital where he is being treated.

South Africa's first black president has been undergoing treatment for nearly a week for a recurring lung infection.

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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