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Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust

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Immaculee Ilibagiza grew up in a country she loved, surrounded by a family she cherished. But in 1994 her idyllic world was ripped apart as Rwanda descended into a bloody genocide. Immaculees family was brutally murdered during a killing spree that lasted three months and claimed the lives of nearly a million Rwandans.

Incredibly, Immaculee survived the slaughter. For 91 days, she and seven other women huddled silently together in the cramped bathroom of a local pastor while hundreds of machete-wielding killers hunted for them. 

It was during those endless hours of unspeakable terror that Immaculee discovered the power of prayer, eventually shedding her fear of death and forging a profound and lasting relationship with God. She emerged from her bathroom hideout having discovered the meaning of truly unconditional love—a love so strong she was able seek out and forgive her familys killers.

The triumphant story of this remarkable young womans journey through the darkness of genocide will inspire anyone whose life has been touched by fear, suffering, and loss.

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Her life ripped apart by the bloody genocide that broke out in Rwanda in 1994, Ilibagiza forged a profound and lasting relationship with God through prayer and discovered a love so strong she was able to seek out and forgive her family's killers.

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Subtitled, "One Woman's Story Of Surviving The Rwandan Holocaust". Immaculee grew up in a country she loved, surrounded by a family she cherished. But in 1994 her idyllic world was ripped apart as Rwanda descended into a bloody genocide. She now works in the Rwandan office at the United Nations in New York.

About the Author

Immaculée Ilibagiza was born in Rwanda and studied electronic and mechanical engineering at the National University. She lost most of her family during the 1994 genocide. Four years later, she emigrated to the United States and began working at the United Nations in New York City. She is now a full-time public speaker and writer. In 2007 she established the Left to Tell Charitable Fund, which helps support Rwandan orphans.

Immaculée holds honorary doctoral degrees from The University of Notre Dame and Saint John’s University, and was awarded The Mahatma Gandhi International Award for Reconciliation and Peace 2007. She is the author, with Steve Erwin, of LEFT TO TELL: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust.

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DebbieO, October 9, 2013 (view all comments by DebbieO)
Living in Hawaii, I am physically distant from all that is happening in the world. However, it is a poor excuse to be ignorant of the events that occur across the Pacific Ocean or beyond, be it monumentally good or a travesty. After reading Left to Tell, I no longer discount the evening news as irrelevant to me because I see how wrong it is to disconnect and ignore events that affect humanity. I was among the millions of U.S. citizens who paid little attention to the senseless murders occurring in Rwanda between the Tutsi and Hutu.
Ilibagiza’s Left to Tell makes the Rwandan Holocaust come to life with her personal narrative of trying to survive the slaughtering of her village and family members. I am not Catholic, yet I could spiritually connect to Immaculee in her conflicting desire to want to see the best in people despite the horrible crimes they were committing that surrounded her. At one point, she can overhear the enemy Hutus mere feet from her as they toss furniture looking for Tutsis to murder. She wonders what's the point of praying when God has "sent the killers" to her. She prays silently to God, "Why do you expect the impossible from me?. . .It isn't logical for me to forgive these killers. Let me pray for their victims instead. . let me pray for justice. God, I will ask You to punish those wicked men, but I cannot forgive them (92-3)". Most people I know would spiritually crumble and physically perish in such a situation.
In our modern era, It is completely incomprehensible why one group would hold so much hatred for another -- especially when neither look or seem very different from the other: they speak the same language and share the same religion. However, Ilibagiza shows us how suffering and sacrifice become forces that forge and strengthen her unblinding faith to forgive and her determination to move on.
This is a memoir that I could not put down and will be a constant reminder of what it means to have an undying faith in God.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9781401908973
Author:
Ilibagiza, Immaculee
Publisher:
Hay House
Subject:
Religious
Subject:
Inspirational
Subject:
Women
Subject:
History
Subject:
Motivational
Subject:
Catholics
Subject:
Africa, central
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Rwanda History Civil War, 1994.
Subject:
Ilibagiza, Immaculee
Subject:
Biography-Religious
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20070631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
215
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , Her life ripped apart by the bloody genocide that broke out in Rwanda in 1994, Ilibagiza forged a profound and lasting relationship with God through prayer and discovered a love so strong she was able to seek out and forgive her family's killers.
"Synopsis" by , Subtitled, "One Woman's Story Of Surviving The Rwandan Holocaust". Immaculee grew up in a country she loved, surrounded by a family she cherished. But in 1994 her idyllic world was ripped apart as Rwanda descended into a bloody genocide. She now works in the Rwandan office at the United Nations in New York.
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