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Libya is also observing Eid al-Ad-ha, but with an estimated 15 thousand killed during the recent war in Libya, many are not up to celebrating. As Stephanie Freid reports, this year’s holiday is a mixture of emotions in post-war Libya.

The Hamza family lives in a tight knit community on the outskirts of Tripoli.

They are readying for the Eid holiday like other nationals: cleaning, cooking and they’ve bought sheep for the main feast.

But this year, a key figure will be missing in their household.

Mohammed Hamza was killed in August while fighting in Libya’s war. He was twenty years old.

Hulud Hamza, Mohammed's Sister, said, " From the start he told us he wanted to fight. He told us, if you love me you will support waht I'm doing. When he told me, I didn't accept the idea of him being a martyr."

Libya is also observing Eid al-Ad-ha, but with an estimated 15 thousand killed during the recent war in Libya, many are not up to celebrating.

Mohammed left behind sisters and brothers, parents and extended family members who keep his memory alive.

Town residents, also proud of Mohammed, have paid public tribute to him.

Like many Libyans who have lost family members in this conflict, there are mixed feelings.

Salma Hamza, Mohammed's Grandmother, said, " He came to me and told me everything he was doing with the fighters. I was proud because I know what he was doing. His last I know he was happy."

Libya is also observing Eid al-Ad-ha, but with an estimated 15 thousand killed during the recent war in Libya, many are not up to celebrating.

But just below the surface, pride succumbs to the searing pain of loss

9-year-old Hamza misses his brother terribly.As does his sister. His grandmother and cousins. The family is representative of thousands others like them throughout Libya. Grieving family members, coming to terms with the cost of war.

Hamza Hamza, Mohammed's Uncle, said, " I am sorry. Sorry sorry sorry. Sorry in my heart. I told him not to go. I go. I told him your family needs you here. "

Libya is also observing Eid al-Ad-ha, but with an estimated 15 thousand killed during the recent war in Libya, many are not up to celebrating.

But his family members believe he is with them in spirit.

And that Mohammed and others like him did not die in vain.

As Hamza heads for the main prayer session this Eid, his heart is heavier than in years past.

But his nephew is in his prayers. He believes Mohammed is watching from somewhere beyond, smiling down at the Libya he left behind.

 

Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: CNTV.CN

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