Robin Roberts interviews Cleveland kidnapping victims

Robin Roberts

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – It will be two years ago on May 6 that Amanda Berry made a 911 call that ended her decade of captivity.

“I’ve been kidnapped, I’ve been missing for 10 years. And I’m here. I’m free now,” Berry said in that call.

Berry was one of three women held captive in Cleveland by Ariel Castro, who committed suicide in prison. The other victims were Gina DeJesus and Michele Knight.

DeJesus and Berry just released a book on their ordeal and they will be interviewed by “Good Morning America” host Robin Roberts tonight at 10 p.m. during a special edition of 20-20 on ABC.

Roberts talked about the interview with WYTV 33 News anchor Stan Boney on Monday.

“They want people to know their story,” Roberts said of her interview with Berry and DeJesus. “In the process, their hope is to let people know that we are all a little bit stronger than we think we are. And to never, ever give up hope.”

Roberts said the women watched her on Good Morning America during their captivity. She said that surprised her because that information was not included in the book.

“And then Amanda paused and said ‘And I watched you Robin.’ And I was like ‘excuse me?’ And she went back as far as 2005 when she saw me crying in the streets after Hurricane Katrina looking for my family. And my health issues. And I got to tell you, Stan, I was taken aback. You never know who is watching you and you never know how your story could possibly bring hope to someone else,” Roberts said.

She said she has made a career out of interviewing people, a lot of them dealing with tragedy or hardships, and this interview ranks near the top.

“I didn’t know what to expect. I thought they would be guarded. I thought they would be fragile. None of that at all. And the way they were able to articulate what they went through and where they are now, at such a young age. I left hugging them, and just feeling ‘yes! The human spirit can really overcome all.’ Their overriding message was ‘we are alive and we are stronger than Ariel Castro.’ And I was just like ‘wow. you go on.’ It was time spent that I will never, ever forget,” Roberts said.

Watch Roberts’ full interview with Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus at 10 p.m. tonight on WYTV Channel 33.

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