A morbid cleanup left in Libya

Fatma Balid
Fatma Balid
CBS News

It was a Sunday of celebrations in Libya, as the country's interim leaders declared this Liberation Day.

In Benghazi and other cities, Libyans marked the start of what they are calling the new Libya, three days after the capture and death of Muammar Qaddafi. The country's former prime minister expects Libyans to vote on a new government within 8 months.

CBS News correspondent Allan Pizzey reports that, celebrations aside, there is still a lot of devastation in places like Qaddafi's home town.

There were no celebrations in Sirte. The city whose fall marked the final liberation of Libya now symbolizes the mess that must be sorted out if the country is to have a future worthy of its revolution.

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Fatma Balid could be its poster woman. Alone in the world, she has no idea how she survived or what she will do now.

"I have nothing left," Balid says. "They destroyed my house. I don't know who did it."

The clearing up has barely begun. People are trying to salvage whatever might be left in what used to be their homes.

The neighborhood known as "Area Two" was where Qadaffi was hiding, although the rebel forces who unleashed everything in their arsenal in a final assault didn't know it at the time.

Exactly where Qadaffi holed up remains a mystery. Residents trapped here during the fighting say he moved every couple of days, sometimes every couple of hours. No one will pinpoint a specific location, perhaps wary that such knowledge would make them suspects.

The drainage culvert where he was finally caught is already sprayed with graffiti, a backdrop for photo ops.

His captors said the former army colonel was armed with this revolver and a gold-plated 9mm pistol. He also had an assault rifle, but didn't fire a shot.

"He was scared. He couldn't do nothing. He feel that he was finished," says Omar Shabani, commander of the Gheran Brigade.

An autopsy showed that Qadaffi was shot in the head and abdomen. When his body and those of his son Moatassim and his defense minister are finally released for burial, they will probably be granted more dignity than followers who stayed loyal to the end.

More than sixty of them are laid out in body bags in a field near where a NATO airstrike and U.S. Predator drone hit their escape convoy.

In Area Two, the bodies of civilians who had no chance to escape are being retrieved in an effort to give their families the kind of closure the entire country is going to need.