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Run Jose, Run

 

Fleeing Africa’s Violence and Killing Fields

Award-Winning **VIDEO**

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

After being abducted from a marketplace as a child and forced to kill, Jose Maria Joao had a vision one night in a
dream.

Risking death, he acted on his conscience.  The decision that came to him in his dream was to stop the fighting and killing. 

And to do that he had to run away.   Far, far away from the killing fields of violence and murder that he had anonymously become part of.

He shares his remarkable and tearful story in this short powerful biopic directed by Dave Meinert of MacDuff Films, which aims to foster a dialogue about the lasting effects of war.

Having worked as a bouncer at bars for the last ten or so years, Jose is a well-known face in Cape Town, South Africa.

“I’ve always been amazed how someone who has been exposed to so much violence can be so peaceful,” says Meinert, who wanted to tell Jose’s story as simply as he could.

Collaborating with filmmaker Michael Cleary, Meinart’s approach to making the film was an instinctive one. “We took a DSLR camera, one lens and a bulb from the hardware store, and switched the camera on. Stylistically, I was influenced by an older piece, but the rest needed to come from Jose as much as possible,” he says.

Upon handing everything over to Lucian Barnard to do the editing, Meinart gave him zero briefing.

“I didn’t know if we had a story in it yet.  He devised the editing style purely on his own and I think it’s the strongest element to the piece.”

Tired of seeing narratives that glamorize war and fighting, Meinart believes filmmakers are responsible for the stories they tell.

“Jose’s story, coupled with his gentle nature and trademark smile, has made us weep many times and we are privileged that he’d share it with us,” he says.

“There’s maybe never been a more relevant time to start sharing stories about the real casualties of war.  Please share his story.”

~Via MacDuff Films, 10 & 5, We Are Awesome,
Rising Continent, and Vimeo

 

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Mother Says Daughter Nearly Abducted in Eureka

 

–Description of Driver and Vehicle Made–

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

The following came to us via a Facebook post and
we’re reprinting it here, per request.

We’ve chosen to omit the names of the mother and daughter
that were
originally provided for safety and privacy reasons
and we cleaned up some of the wording for clarity:

 

**ALERT EUREKA**

On Sunday February 24, 2013, my daughter (name omitted) was walking from Eureka High School to a friend’s home on J Street.

minivanWhen she reached Buhne & J Street, a (Hispanic) male driving an older, faded-red van pulled up next to her as she was walking and told her to get in the van.

She told him “NO!” and took off running.  He began to chase her.  When she reached the white church on J Street she ran around the side of the church and hid until her friend down the street, and her boyfriend, came and took her to a friend’s home.

She was then brought to me and we contacted the Eureka Police Department and made a report. EPD
released the information to surrounding law enforcement
and said they would contact me if they found the suspect.

(My daughter) was not injured, other than being very scared and crying for some time from the fear that creep made her feel.  She is OK.  I thank the Lord for keeping her safe and am so proud of her for doing what I taught her to do.  I’m also very proud of her for being able to remember so much detail about the van and driver.

If anyone should happen to see the van and/or driver described PLEASE call EPD (#441-4060; or, 911) and give them the location.  I want this creep found!

I have told all my girls no more walking alone, ever.  How sad it is a person cannot walk a few blocks on a sunny Sunday afternoon without trying to be abducted.  I thank you for any and all help.  Please share this if you want.  The more who read it, the better the chances are of him being found.

The description is as follows:

  • Hispanic male with greasy, slicked black hair down to his ears;
  • Wearing a white tank top;
  • Wearing a cross around his neck;
  • Bearing a tattoo of something written in Spanish on his right arm;
  • Driving a faded-red, older Minivan (pretty close in style as a Plymouth Voyager)
  • The Minivan has a cross hanging from the rear view mirror, a sticker on the back window, and a dent on the driver side door.

* * * * * * * *

To note and for what it’s worth, there are a few vague similarities between this incident and two others allegedly occurring near the same area about a year ago.

The Eureka Police Department finally put out an alert on the above for citizens– 5 days afterwards.

(Posted by Skippy Massey)

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Child Found After Kidnapping

Parental Abduction in Redway

 

Staff Report
Humboldt Sentinel

 

On Monday, October 22, at around 5:00 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office received a report of a parental abduction that occurred in the 400 block of Manzanita Lane in Redway, according to the HCSO release issued today.

The reporting party was the grandmother of the child who has legal custody of the minor by court order.  The child is an 8-year-old male.

The grandmother told deputies that Sara L. Klein (age 39 of Redway), is the child’s mother, and forced her way into the grandmother’s residence. After a brief confrontation, Ms. Klein was able to grab the child and flee the residence.  The grandmother was not harmed.

Sheriff’s deputies searched the area, including Klein’s last known address in Redway– but did not locate Klein or the child.

A BOLO (Be On the Lookout) was issued to all local and state law enforcement.  Information regarding the abduction was not immediately released to the public due to the likelihood that Klein would flee the state if she was aware law enforcement was actively searching for her.

On Tuesday, October 23, the Sheriff’s Office received information that Klein’s vehicle was spotted in the 4100 block of Redwood Drive.

Deputies and officers from the California Highway Patrol responded and searched the area. They did not find the vehicle or Klein.

At around 7:30 p.m., Deputies returned to the area to conduct a second search.  This time they located Klein’s vehicle parked outside a hotel room.  Deputies contacted the occupants of the room and located both Klein and the abducted child.

Ms. Klein was arrested without incident for child abduction and burglary.  She was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility and bail was set at $75,000.

The involved child was not harmed and was later returned safely to his grandmother.

Anyone with information for the HCSO regarding criminal activity should call 445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Crime Tip Line at 268-2539.

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