The amazing true story of Zeitoun
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Saturday afternoon and the Zeitoun household is bustling with activity, as you quickly get the impression it always is. Kathy Zeitoun, dressed in a blue silk shirt and matching hijab, is fluttering around making spiced pumpkin-flavored coffee and answering the constantly ringing phone. Noises emanating from four of her five children bubble up like broth from the back room where they are watching Kung Fu Panda on a giant flat-screen TV. Kathy seats me in the neat and orderly living room, which is dominated by cream leather sofas and a watercolor of a street scene from her husband's native Syria. Beside it is a framed 3D model of the Qur'an.
Gradually, out of this domestic pleasure dome, telltale signs emerge of the calamity that struck the Zeitouns almost five years ago. An outside wall of the house is stained with a faint but still clearly discernible line at about shoulder height, a record etched in paint of where the flood waters settled.
"Most of the time I don't think about what happened at all," Kathy says, as she pours the coffee. "Until I step out on to the street–then it all comes back to me."
Sources: Guardian (UK)
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