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South africa memorials lonmin miners 20120823

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South Africa is holding a national week of mourning for the 44 people killed in violence at the Marikana platinum mine.
South africa memorials lonmin miners 20120823

A woman is comforted during a memorial service for the 44 people killed in a wildcat strike at Lonmin's Marikana mine on August 23, 2012 in Marikana. Lonmin and nearby Impala Platinum closed for the day as workers prepared for memorials, including the main national service at Marikana where police gunned down 34 miners a week ago after deadly clashes had already claimed 10 people. The service at Lonmin will be the focal point during a day of mourning that will stretch across the country, as many of the victims were migrant workers whose bodies have already returned to their home villages.

STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN