Regardless of warnings of evacuation, Abdulrahman Zeitoun, a Syrian-American proprietor of a portray and contracting firm in New Orleans, selected to remain when hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. Throughout his canoe journey journey after Katrina, Zeitoun encountered many individuals who have been trapped of their properties and in want of his assist. Risking his life to avoid wasting others, Zeitoun was falsely accused of stealing and dealing medication due to his race. In Zeitoun, Dave Eggers portrays the view that America has in direction of Muslim folks and the way individuals are handled unjustly merely due to how they appear.
Just a few days after Katrina hit, the levees broke, leaving the trapped civilians in shock and poverty. Individuals who remained within the metropolis had little sources, inflicting many individuals to interrupt into different properties and shops to search out no matter they'll to outlive. Zeitoun sailed on his canoe across the metropolis and helped individuals who have been trapped of their properties, together with two canine that have been left behind by their homeowners. He felt that he was unable to depart his enterprise as a result of he felt chargeable for the broken homes all through the period of the storm.
Additionally, Zeitoun felt that his house was "value preventing for" (70) Zeitoun believed that by staying in New Orleans, he felt as if this chance was given to him by God to assist the individuals who have been nonetheless trapped within the metropolis. The Nationwide Guards confirmed up at Zeitoun’s home with weapons, assuming that Zeitoun and his mates have been a part of the Al Qaeda. The guards forcefully tackled them to the bottom and arrested them. The Nationwide Guards didn't inform them why they have been being arrested and brought into custody.
Zeitoun was taken to an interrogation room the place he was stripped bare and his rectum looked for imported items. They have been compelled to sleep on the bottom and couldn't contact the jail bars or there can be penalties. Zeitoun was accused of terrorist exercise, thus he and his mates have been handled inhumanly. Through the brutal therapy in jail, Zeitoun had splinters on his foot and requested for medical consideration, however his request was denied with out consideration on account of his standing. Ultimately, his splinter bought worse and he needed to carry out a medical process by slicing the splinter out himself.
The troopers and police answerable for the town after the hurricane arrested anybody who regarded remotely suspicious and even those that didn't. As an alternative of serving the general public by serving to them within the days following the hurricane, they took the civilians to the Greyhound bus station the place they distributed folks into cages. Zeitoun and his companions have been denied their rights, together with the precise to make a cellphone name. Realizing his constitutional rights, Zeitoun makes determined pleas to the guards to have the chance to name his spouse, Kathy, in Arizona. Nevertheless, Zeitoun is repeatedly met with solutions corresponding to, "Telephone's do not work.
You guys are terrorists. You are Taliban. " (222) Based mostly on how they regarded, they have been handled as terrorists and the regulation seemingly didn't apply to them. When Zeitoun’s spouse, Kathy, finds out that he was arrested, she didn't surrender preventing till he was out of jail. Kathy did the whole lot she may to get her husband out of jail. Kathy discovered a lawyer and discovered precisely the place Zeitoun was. When Kathy got here to see Zeitoun, Raleigh, Zeitoun’s lawyer instructed her that it could value $75,000 to bail her husband out. The value would have been decrease if Zeitoun was not charged of being a terrorist.
Zeitoun was wrongly handled as a result of he gave the impression to be totally different from everybody else, on account of his ethnicity, heritage, and beliefs. The Nationwide Safety have been afraid that Zeitoun was a terrorists that will put the nation into turmoil. The troopers and police abused their powers and handled folks which are totally different with brutality. Dave Eggers was making an attempt to indicate the reader how folks may be wrongly punished primarily based on their background, race, tradition, and religions even when they imply no hurt. Dave Egger’s guide illustrates how folks have a tendency to leap into conclusions and make quick assumptions of others with out attending to know them.