Auschwitz Survivor Sows Seeds of Peace tells the story (in brief) of Eva Kor, who was taken along with her identical twin sister Miriam, to be used in medical research experiments by Dr. Joseph Mengeles in 1944. She is still alive and speaking out to remind science and medical researchers that human beings are not objects, not things. Text and video
Amanda Lindhout goes back to Somalia where she was held captive and brutalized for 15 months, to help feed the starving. Video about her return.
Amanda has gone on to form the non-profit organization Global Enrichment Foundation
Jaycee Dugard, is the 11 year old girl kidnapped and held prisoner in a known sexual predictors back yard for 18 years. She birthed two children and fostered a loving family unit in their tent, including educating the girls by watching TV to get a sense of the world outside and remembering what she had been taught up to 5th grade. Two years after their release from solitary captivity, she has written her biography and agreed to a prime time TV interview with Diane Sawyer. Videos
For an excerpt from her book “A Stolen Life” and an opportunity to help families of kidnapped children by purchasing a beautiful sterling silver pinecone charm. The last thing Jaycee saw before she was stun gunned and kidnapped was a pinecone in the street. Today, she wears the charm around her neck. It is her symbol of the hope that she would return home again. Hope and a butterfly ring her mom had given her kept her resilience going for the three years before her first daughter was born. Text
Rachel Chapman’s capture is not at the hands of kidnappers, but a wheelchair. She is paralyzed as a result of an innocent push into the swimming pool on the night of her bachelorette party. But she and her husband, Chris Chapman were recently wed, little more than a year after the accident, and treated to a wedding and honeymoon of their dreams. I include her here because of her bravery and optimism in facing life in a wheelchair. Neither she or Chris are angry or bitter, although it’s been tough adjusting. The Today Show remodeled their home to accommodate wheelchair access and give them privacy they so longed for since their world turned upside down. Videos.