Zighen Aym

Zighen Aym

Zighen Aym (born 1957 in Kabylia) is an Algerian writer and engineer. After graduating with an engineering degree in the USA in 1982, he went back to his native Algeria and worked as a maintenance engineer in the Sahara for Sonatrach, the Algerian National Oil and Gas Company. He returned to the US in 1990 to pursue graduate studies and obtained a PhD in Mechanical Engineering.

His first book "Still Moments: A Story about Faded Dreams and Forbidden Pictures" was published in 2005 (ISBN-13: 978-0976599807 or ISBN-10: 0976599805). In it, Zighen Aym writes of his experience of ethnic profiling in the aftermath of 9/11. Zighen stopped along Route 66 to photograph the railroad tracks one day in October 2002. An Illinois State Police officer stopped and questioned him, asking for identification and what he was doing. What followed several months later was a FBI interrogation. The reader experiences Zighen’s reflections on his life in Algeria, his move to the United States, his reaction to being suspected of terrorist activities in the innocence of a photography hobby, the ethnic profiling he experienced and the traumatic FBI interrogation.

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