As anti-Gaddafi fighters push government forces out of rocket range of the rebel held city of Misrata there are signs that things are returning to some kind of normality.
Children are drifting back to volunteer run schools after the trauma of recent months. The city has been the scene of intense fighting between pro-Gaddafi troops and rebels opposed to his regime.
The kids are delighted to back in class.
Souad Safaa, head teacher at the Ras Moutah School, said: “It was a big surprise for us that they were all excited to come back to school. Many of them even wrote in their notebooks ‘Dear school we missed you.’ They didn’t expect to come back so soon.”
Schools are gradually re-opening in the battle scarred city of 300,000. It is estimated that as many as 10,000 people have been killed in Misrata since the popular uprising against the 42-year rule of Muammer Gaddafi erupted.
Back to school for Misrata kids after months of trauma