“Our presence in the Middle East is important, we are a balancing force against radicalism. The proof is that I have many Muslim friends, and I live in harmony.” These are the words of Neematallah Issa, a 55-year-old from Cairo who, along with his wife Issa, is among local leaders of the Neocatechumenal Way.
The value of the Christian presence emerges from schools, an integral part of the entire country’s growth. “It’s not only a place to study,” Neematallah explains, “but rather a place that should teach coexistence, to live together.”
In light of the massive exodus of Christians, the testimony given by Issa’s family and many others who have stayed in their homeland has produced results, Neematallah says, because “many young people began to see these examples. We must remain in Egypt – adding – even if we have the opportunity, like I did, to leave. I was sure of assuming a role for this country and my community, and I want to continue doing it.”
Neematallah Issa doesn’t mask the problems characterized by Egyptian society, which “lost a bit of the tolerance that distinguished it.” However, he assures he’s optimistic about the future and says there are positive signs of common, peaceful living. “For this to happen,” he concludes, “we need an adequate, balanced education for everyone, free of radical ideas. Christians are tasked with overcoming this precarious situation in their own country.”
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