Thursday, July 12, 2012
Zeitoun by Dave Eggers
Zeitoun, who was originally from Syria, and his wife, an American, ran a successful painting business in New Orleans. When Hurricane Katrina hit, his wife and children had left, but Zeitoun remained to keep an eye on their house and business properties. At first, Zeitoun helped others who had been stranded by the flooding, but then, in a bizarre turn of events, he was arrested and jailed with no explanation, and no phone calls allowed, mainly due to his ethnicity and fear of terrorism. It is sad that we treat people the way he was treated here in the US. I am so sorry for all that he and his family had to go through. It is kind of sickening that my tax money paid for that.