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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Zeitoun

ZeitounZeitoun by Dave Eggers

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Abdulrahman Zeitoun stayed behind when he should have left. His wife and children fled New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina was barreling toward the city, while he stayed to watch over their properties and belongings.

The book documents the state of the city after the flooding and the erroneous arrest and jailing of Zeitoun for looting. He was arrested while he was in his own home and then transported to "Camp Greyhound" a temporary prison erected at the New Orleans Greyhound Station. He was transferred to another facility and held for 23 days without standing trial.

It's disappointing how FEMA handled this disaster. This book doesn't detail FEMA’s entire story, but sheds enough light from this one instance to make you sick to your stomach. It makes me want to know who was responsible and if they were held accountable.

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