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There's a place for us,
Somewhere a place for us.
Peace and quiet and open air
Wait for us

Hold my hand and we're halfway there.
Hold my hand and I'll take you there
Some day,

West Side Story

West Side, Cleveland:

In his instantly iconic man-on-the-street interview, Ramsey told a local TV reporter, "I figured it was a domestic violence dispute. So I open the door. And we can’t get in that way ‘cause of how the door is, it’s so much that a body can’t fit through; only your hand. So we kicked the bottom."

He had left the big door unlocked, but not the storm door.

On Monday, Amanda told the law enforcement source that a big inside door was left unlocked when Castro left but the storm door remained latched. Amanda tried to get it open but told the source she was afraid to break it open because she thought Castro was trying to "test her."

Amanda then saw neighbors on a porch and began frantically screaming until Charles Ramsey and another man came to her rescue. They helped her break out of the house and call 911.

On Monday, Berry took a risk and got her arm through the front door, and managed to get the attention of strangers.
New Yorker

Nancy Ruiz, Gina De Jesus’s mother, told ABC News that she got up every morning (for ten years) glad to be alive so that she could spend another day looking for her daughter.

Amanda Berry’s mother died years ago from what friends described as a broken heart.

Ms Miller spent three distraught years trying to find out what had happened to her daughter after she failed to return home from work at a Burger King in April 2003. She died at the age of just 44 in 2006, having appealed for help through television programmes, publicity campaigns, and even a psychic, who told her in 2004 that Amanda was probably dead.

Michelle Knight was taken off the list of missing persons 15 months after she disappeared.

No one was looking for her.

How many times since August, 2002, did Michelle Knight think that she was going to die? When it became clear that Ariel Castro, who had offered her a ride, was not taking her home, but to a basement in his own house? The first time, or the hundredth time, she was tied up with the chains and rope the police found there, or when, as she said, according to press accounts of the initial police report, Castro raped and beat her? Another prisoner arrived, and then another; did that make her own life seem nearer or farther as it became clear, in glimpses of vigils on television, that the city was looking for them but not for her? Or was it the first time, or the second, third, fourth, or fifth time, that she realized that she was pregnant, and then, as she also reportedly told police, watched what happened to her body as Castro systematically starved her and hit her in the stomach until she miscarried?
New Yorker

She may now be adopted by Gina De Jesus’s family.

On this Mother’s Day, on every day, please hold out your hand when you can -- and please grasp those of others who are holding out theirs.
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