Gina DeJesus and Amanda Berry were present at the Annual Hope Awards. They had been through a harrowing experience. A man had kidnapped them when they were teenagers and kept them locked up in his house.
He had them tied up in ropes and chains and tortured them time after time for a period of ten years. They choked back tears as they gave out the message to anyone else like them, “Never give up hope”.
Their kidnapper was a bus driver named Ariel Castro. And he kept them locked up in a virtual horror chamber. The police commissioner said that this was the worst case ever seen of such a violation of human dignity by a sick and deranged human being.
The victims were indeed survivors of the hell they had been through. Another teen named Michelle Knight had also disappeared along with Dejesus and Berry.
All three of them were teenagers when they were abducted. Now, a decade later they are adults. Dejesus and Berry got to meet President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.
When the time came to tell the world about their ordeal, Gina DeJesus and Amanda Berry had few words to say due to their emotionally overwrought state. They did say this much that one must never give up hope no matter what.
While nothing can make up for the loss of ten years of their lives at the hands of a sadist and pervert, the fact that they are free right now is proof that miracles happen.
One day, one of them decided to approach the door behind which they were locked and start a commotion so as to attract the neighbors’ attention.
That day they regained their freedom. Ariel Castro, who had been charged with rape, kidnapping and murder, killed himself by hanging with a bed sheet in a prison.