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Egypts railway system in decrepit state

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Despite regular deadly train accidents in Egypt, many people are bent on taking their most common, yet poorly managed means of transportation.

The railway network's poor safety record stems largely from lack of maintenance and poor management. Egyptians have long complained that the government has failed to deal with the country's transport problems, with roads as poorly maintained as railway lines.

Al Arabiya correspondent Ahmed Bagado took a journey on one of the trains. The trip illustrated the harshness and neglect of Egypt's poor face.

Last week a train carrying military conscripts derailed southwest of Cairo, killing 19 people and wounding more than 100

The accident was the latest example of Egypt's decrepit infrastructure turning lethal for the country's poorest — and a reminder that the revolution two years ago has brought no relief in the lives of a population where poverty is worsening.

The accident was the latest example of Egypt's decrepit infrastructure turning lethal for the country's poorest — and a reminder that the revolution two years ago has brought no relief in the lives of a population where poverty is worsening.