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From Libya to LA, the story of Mohamed El-Munir

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Libyan defender Mohamed El-Munir was caught in the middle of the revolution before he saw many of his friends die in the street.

When the Libyan revolution started, Mohamed El-Munir was in the middle of the season, playing for Al-Ittihad Tripoli.

Then the league stopped for a few days to see those problems resolve; this was in 2011.

“Nobody expected it,” the Los Angeles FC defender told The Guardian.

“It just happened so fast. We just finished the first half of the season, so we were getting ready to play the second half.”

The MLS player explained: “The problems started and they said, ‘We’re going to stop the league for a week or 10 days until we solve these problems’.”

“I had to see many of my friends die in the street.”

“If I had to go out, I wouldn’t know if I was going to come back. We didn’t have electricity from 7 o’clock to 12, 1 o’clock. In June or July, it started to be so difficult to find food,” he said.

“It’s difficult, to tell you the truth,” El-Munir continued.

“I have good days, bad days. There’s nine hours’ time difference [between California and Libya] so the only time I can reach my family if there’s a network, is the hour before I get to training. It’s going to be seven or eight in the morning here.”

“I asked last year if maybe I could bring my family here with me but it’s not possible because of political reasons,” he added.

“Thank God I’m still finding ways to help them. I hope the situation changes because I don’t know how long I can keep doing this.”