The Arab Spring has proved financially and psychologically crippling for many young Egyptian laborers who were caught in the violent backwash of the region's revolts, NPR reports.
Egyptian workers who fled the fighting in Libya — more than 100,000, according to the International Organization for Migration — are now back in their home country, but jobless and struggling to make sense of their lives.
Mohammed Ismail, 27, is profiled in the story. One of tens of thousands of Egyptians who fled the fighting in Libya and have returned home, he told NPR that while the Jan. 25 uprising may have improved things in other parts of Egypt, the situation has only worsened in Fayoum, where he lives: "[S]ince we came back … there is no care at all; not even emotional care to lift up our spirits, so that we can start our lives over," he said.
"Our government didn't even help us get back home from Libya. They didn't care," he added. "And since we came back, they've done nothing to help us in any way. There is no care at all; not even emotional care to lift up our spirits so that we can start our lives over."
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