NOLA Now: Zeitoun Says ‘Everything Happened For A Purpose’

August 29, 2010  

Our NOLA Now travelers interviewed Abdulrahman Zeitoun, the main character of the first-year common reading, and his wife Kathy at the couple’s New Orleans home. In this video, Daily Campus online editor Josh Parr gives a preview of the full interview, which will be posted later Sunday.

“With Katrina, I think everything happens for a purpose; I stayed here for a reason, I go to jail for a reason, everything God desired of me perfectly,” Zeitoun said.

NOLA Now: Zeitoun from SMUDailyMustang.com on Vimeo.

Here’s reporter Kassi Schmitt’s take on the Zeitoun interview:

Abdulrahman Zeitoun and his wife, Kathy, stand in front of the couple's New Orleans home. Both were featured prominently in this year's SMU freshman common reading, 'Zeitoun'. (PHOTO BY KASSI SCHMITT / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

Our time is quickly winding down here as day two comes to a close. After our adventures in the 9th ward this morning, we headed over to a different neighborhood in NOLA to interview Abdulrahman Zeitoun, the man whose Hurricane Katrina story was the subject of this year’s freshman reading novel. The common reading novel for the incoming freshman was entitled Zeitoun and told the compelling tale of how he stayed behind after the storm hit and used a canoe to travel around the neighborhood he could so easily walk around in before. He talked about his experience the days following the storm and the time he was approached by two men with guns and taken to prison without being able to contact his wife. Zeitoun and his wife went through so much in such a short period of time, yet remained optimistic and hopeful throughout their whole experience. We spoke to them for almost two hours and sat at the edge of our seats for every minute of the interview.

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  1. Students Cover Katrina’s 5th Anniversary : SMU Daily Mustang on August 29th, 2010 6:01 am

    [...] in New Orleans this weekend to cover the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. On Saturday, they interviewed Abdulrahman Zeitoun, the main character of the first-year SMU common [...]