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A year ago, thousands of Libyan civilians became soldiers overnight. Opposed to the rule of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, they took up arms, many of them for the first time in their lives, and joined a ragtag rebel army. Now, after eight months of brutal violence, they are struggling to return to their former lives.

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Shoihdi repairs a broken power circuit in Misrata last week. A devoted family man and electrician, Shoihdi remains a member of his militia group and is on call to respond to security issues with his unit. (Tracey Shelton/GlobalPost)

Libya video: From civilian to rebel soldier and back

Libya's former rebels struggle to return to their normal lives.