Local Egyptian-American family reacts to military coup

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SAN DIEGO – An Egyptian-American family who run a humanitarian organization out of San Diego was overwhelmed by Wednesday’s overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi.

“We were so happy and over rejoicing and chanting thank you God,” said Yvette Isaac, founder of “Roads of Success.”

Mom and YvetteYvette Isaac moved to the U.S. from Egypt in 1980. She later moved back to Egypt for a short time when her daughter, Jacqueline, was 13.

“I saw women going through oppression,” said Jacqueline Isaac. “I saw children getting married at a very young age. I saw things that no one should ever witness.”

These days the Isaacs live in San Diego and run “Roads of Success.” The organization provides aid and education in the Middle East, including Egypt.

Jacqueline said her phone starting ringing right after the celebrations began in Egypt.

“It was very emotional,” said Jacqueline Isaac. “Very emotional hearing my friends, hearing my family. Hearing the crowd. Seeing the fireworks. Knowing that it’s a new page and no one thought this could be done about a month ago.”

The Isaacs said they have high hopes for Egypt’s future and for democracy, but they understand the meaning of freedom must be taught.

“Don’t forget that people in the middle east, they lived under the oppression all their life,” said Yvette Isaac. “So when you tell them freedom, they want to do whatever they want. No limitation. No understanding.”

Now Yvette Isaac said they must continue their mission to spread the knowledge of freedom to Egypt.

“As Egyptian-American who lives here, enjoyed it, learned it, lived it,” said Yvette Isaac. “It is to go back with the basics we learned here and to help them understand it.”