Zeitoun is a nonfiction book written by Dave Eggers and published by McSweeney's in 2009. It tells the story of Abdulrahman Zeitoun, the Syrian-American owner of a painting and contracting company in New Orleans, Louisiana who chose to ride out Hurricane Katrina in his Uptown home. After the hurricane, he traveled the flooded city in a secondhand canoe rescuing neighbors, caring for abandoned pets and distributing fresh water. Soon after the storm, Zeitoun and three others were arrested without reason or explanation at one of his rental houses by a mixed group of U.S. Army National Guard soldiers and local police officers. At the Napoleon Ave. spot where the four were taken, they were made aware they were all being charged with looting, according to the officer driving the van. The reason he gave for their detainment was that an officer had witnessed all four of them leaving a Walgreens with nonpurchased goods. Zeitoun and the other detainees were accused of terrorist activities, presumably because of the large amount of money found in their possession as well as maps of the city and a storage disc. Zeitoun was refused medical attention and the use of a phone to alert his family as were the rest of the Katrina accused. His wife and daughters, who were staying with friends far away from the city, only knew that he had disappeared.
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