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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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Majid Alfituri, a former rebel fighter from Misrata, recalls the war and its aftermath. (Tracey Shelton/GlobalPost)

Libya video: One rebel's story

The Libyan revolution through the eyes of one Misrata fighter.