Relatives of Egyptian Coptic men killed in Libya mourn at their house in Al-Our village, in Minya governorate, south of Cairo February 16, 2015. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih
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Facing grim economic prospects at home, desperate young Egyptians are seeking jobs in Libya – a country sliding into lawlessness where armed groups battle for control and dozens of their compatriots have been kidnapped.The political and social unrest since Mubarak was ousted has scared foreign investors and tourists away from Egypt, the world's most populous Arab nation with 90 million people.Desperate for work, Egyptians, many from impoverished villages in the south where underdevelopment has been a problem for years, flock to Libya despite the dangers.In December, he was kidnapped on his way back to Egypt.He was one of the 21 Egyptians whom ISIS militants beheaded, according to a video released earlier this week, and which prompted Egypt to carry out an airstrike on militant targets in Libya Monday.He did nothing wrong," said Alham's weeping mother, when Reuters spoke to her in January, a few weeks before the video was released.He was among 27 Egyptians – low-paid workers – who had been abducted in Libya since August, 13 of them in January alone.
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