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Libya is a common destination for Egyptians seeking employment, but life in Libya has become extremely dangerous as ISIS-affiliated militants continue to perpetuate violence. Most of the Coptic Christians currently in Libya are foreign workers from Egypt. These individuals often face work discrimination and horrific persecutions because of their faith. As the economic situation in Egypt worsens, a number of Coptic Christians are willing to risk their lives and limbs in order to find work opportunities in Libya.

9/4/2017 Libya (Al Bawaba News) – Thousands of Egyptians are running the risk of death at the hands of ISIS militants in Libya because they are unable to find work due to the country’s economic woes.

The civil war in Libya is still raging with almost daily reports of militant attacks against both Libyans and foreigners, while governments across the globe have warned their citizens to stay away from the danger zone.

But this hasn’t stopped desperate Egyptian workers – an estimated 75,000 – from flocking to the North African state where just last week 11 people were brutally beheaded by ISIS militants.

“Sadly these type of incidents are now an almost everyday occurrence in Libya,” says Mina Thabet, a program director at the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms.

Many who risk life and limb on Libyan soil are left with little choice thanks to poverty and limited opportunities back home in Egypt, a situation which has worsened in recent months thanks to the country’s economic woes.

“Most of the people who end up traveling to Libya for work are from Upper Egypt where there are high rates of poverty and unemployment along with low levels of education,” Thabet told Al Bawaba News.

“They often come from families who’ve been going to Libya for work for maybe 20 or 30 years. They tend to work in the construction industry and they go to Libya to make a living because there are no opportunities for them in Egypt,” he added.

The dangers are more than a passing threat. In February 2015, a group of 21 Christian Egyptian construction workers were beheaded along the country’s Mediterranean coast by ISIS-affiliated militants.

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