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My name is Erling David I'm from Norway and I am looking for someone to help me and my daughter. In 2014 I came to Brazil to see the world cup as a tourist and I rented a small house for 500 real a month, I got to know the locals peple around me and the culture is different from what I am used to but a very happy people. As a gringo in Brazil the people think you have a lot of money and that is when everything changed, I was sitting at my computer when 2 people jumped over my fence and run over to the house and jumped over a nother fence at the back. There was 2 police officer after this guys. One of this guys drop a gun on my yard and the police did not catch up with this people that jumped over the fence.
Immediately I was threatened by the police, the police pointed at me at gun point and asked me to sit on my knee in my yeard when I come out to see what was going on. The corruption is so high in this country that the police was saying that the gun that got dropped on my yard was my gun and I was beaten so hard from this police officer when I was trying to say that it's not mine and that I was from Norway. The police then take drugs out of there car and says that they found it in my house and I need to pay them 3800 real to let this pass by, that is almost 900 dollars. As I don't have that much money in my house I told them that I don't have money to pay. I also told that the drugs that was marijuana and the gun "revolver" was not mine, but then I got beaten so hard again all over my body.
I was then put in the trunk of the police car in front of all the neighbors, without a tshirt. They immediately drive me to the hardest prison in Recife where I did not get a chance to talk to anyone. I got locked up in a cell that was 3 beds and 25 people in the same cell. The holding space was 52 cells and 25 people in every cell and it was a nightmare. The noise from this prison was so loud that you could not here you think. I did not have any money or did I understand how the rules was, so I was sleeping at the floor in the toilet rom that was so dirty. I was in this situation for 6 and a half months after finally a judge was able to here me and he then release me. But I didn't get my passport back as the agreement of release. I never so the World Cup.
Every month I Need to sign in the courthouse here in Brazil/Recife and I have done this for 4 years now and I still don't know what is going to happen to me. 

I finally got some taste of freedom after six and a half months in prison. For some time I was just glad to be out of the prison and I was wondering how I can get back my passport so I was in contact with my lawyer Norma that is from the USA that the Norwegian console recommended to me for help, but the progress is really slow here in Brazil. 

One day as I was walking from a bar I got stopped by some guys that was waiting around a corner and I got assaulted, as my Portuguese is not that good and thay know that I was a foreigner and they have been watching me at the bar, I was shot 5 time as the criminals took everything from me and I was left to death, for some reason God doesn't want me to die. 

One bullet hits me in my neck and I'm lucky to be alive but I don't get out of this without some consequences, I have a metal tube in my throat and I'm blind in my right eye. I also have some nerve failure in my right arm and face. I still have 5 Bullet in my body and it's make me feel pain and discomfort. I was hospitalized for months her in Recife Brazil. The hospital was in a so bad situation that I was in the corridor under the public phone box and I was in a lot of pain, so I didn't know how my situation will be. I'm glad that I'm alive and I thanks God every day for giving me this new life.

Today I have a beautiful daughter named Sofia and she is my everything to me. she is one and a half years and she makes me smile every time im with Sofia and I thanks God for this blessing.

Thanks for your time to read this and I will be createful of any help I can get, the money will go to try to get a operation in my throat that is only available in Sao Paulo Brazil as I can not go back to Norway now, also for trip back home when the time comes, and some money to help out my daughter as it's hard for me right now.

Thanks for your interest.

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