Libya holds its first democratic election in July. No one knows how many bumps lie in the road ahead. But despite all those challenges, and the years of heartbreak behind them, Libyans seem hopeful.
Museums have been erected to commemorate the battles fought and the martyrs lost. Schools are back in session. Hundreds of former rebels are training to join the new national army. People are even talking about tourism and business. Women are discussing women’s rights and lecturing men on politics. Where the weak transitional government is failing, ordinary citizens are helping one another rebuild. Young people are getting creative. All this induces optimism; optimism of the wild, determined sort. (All Images by Yuri Kozyrev/ Noor for Time)