Yuri Kozyrev—NOOR for TIME
April 1, 2012. A young girl inside the newly-opened museum in Misrata.
The Ali Hassan Jaber Martyr Exhbit is named for an Al-Jazeera cameraman who was killed covering Libya’s revolution, but contains the horrors and tragedies of Misrata’s own experience with the war—chronicled in intimate and meticulous detail. The museum contains portraits of the war ravaged city’s 1,215 “martyrs”; rows of tanks, rockets, missiles, and mines; official documents detailing the regime’s corruption, and the ID cards of its soldiers and mercenaries; pictures of the wounded, the fighters, and the journalists who covered them; the dictator’s clothes and furniture, and even—out front—the famed gold painted fist statue that Misratan fighters uprooted from Gaddafi’s compound in Tripoli and brought home as their prize.