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The introductory lecture for Dave Egger's Zeitoun.

The introductory lecture for Dave Egger's Zeitoun.

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  • Zeitoun by DaveEggers
  • Hurricane Katrina Late August 2005
  • 1,836 deaths in thestorm and flooding
  • More than $100 billion in damage*
  • More than $100 billion in damage** about the cost of one year of war in Iraq.
  • City officials ordered an evacuation, but some citizensdecided to stay behind, including...
  • Abdulrahman Zeitoun
  • He used this
  • To rescue animals and humans
  • But Zeitoun had a problem...
  • He was Muslim
  • While the book is set in 2005New Orleans, Zeitouns troublesreally began four years earlier.
  • 19 Islamic extremists from MiddleEastern countries planned and carriedout the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
  • Following 9/11, Muslims livingin the United States facedincreased scrutiny.
  • Hate crimes againstMuslims increased
  • Anti-Muslim rhetoricbecame commonplaceamong socialcommentators, politiciansand on the Web.
  • Accused of being Muslim
  • ... as if the act of being aMuslim was a crime in itself.
  • Its not
  • But back to Katrina
  • Local, state and federalresponses to Katrina were slow
  • These guys took chargeFEMA
  • These guys took chargeFEDERALEMA
  • These guys took chargeFEDERALEMERGENCMA
  • These guys took chargeFEDERALEMERGENCMANAGEMENTA
  • These guys took chargeFEDERALEMERGENCMANAGEMENTAGENCY
  • Once FEMA had a footholdon the disaster, they knew what to do:
  • They built Camp Greyhound, a prison similar to the one holding al Qaedasoldiers in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to temporarily hold looters, killers and rapists... and suspected terrorists.
  • Guantanamo Bay Detention Center
  • Zeitoun was arrested
  • "Youre al Qaeda" "Taliban"- Troops to Abdulrahman Zeitoun at Camp Greyhound
  • Enjoy your reading