Some two and a half million Austrians watched the television interview with Natascha Kampusch. Among them, her mother Brigitta Sirny, who has had only very limited time with her daughter since her release. Kampusch said she needed more time to adjust. “What moved me very much,” said her mother, “was that she made a pact with herself to do whatever it takes to be free again. With that she showed strength.” Neighbours in the Rennbahnsiedlung suburb of Vienna where Natascha lived remarked on how strong she had appeared. One said: “It is a miracle that she is still together mentally after such a long time, but nothing will compensate her for the eight years in captivity.” Kampusch has said she now wants to travel with her family, study and become involved with humanitarian work helping the poor in Africa and Central America.
Kidnap girl's mother moved by interview