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Egyptians in Libya: to flee or to stay?

Posted on: March 2, 2015 4:45 PM
The minister of Tripoli's Anglican Church, the Reverend Eban Baskra Vasihar, said the release of the video had sent shockwaves through the whole Christian community, as well as ordinary Libyan families.
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The roundabouts in the Libyan capital of Tripoli have long been a place for Egyptians to find work. Every day, carpenters, builders, plumbers and decorators sit and wait, each man carrying the tools of his trade to make it easier for prospective employers.

Nowadays there are no Egyptians. Last week the Islamic State (IS) in Libya released a video showing the beheading of 20 Egyptian Coptic Christians and a Ghanaian.

Since then, over 25,000 Egyptians have returned, according to the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, while hundreds of detained irregular migrants have been released from jail.

Egyptians have reported an uptick in attacks - at one roundabout, a Libyan man was shot dead for trying to prevent a group of men harassing Egyptian workers.

But for some, the prospect of returning to a life in poverty in their home country makes staying on in Libya's warzone a risk they are willing to take.

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