Immaculée Ilibagiza (born ) is a Rwandan American author and motivational speaker. Her first book, Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan. Left to Tell has ratings and reviews. Stephen said: Immaculee Ilibagiza grew up in a country she loved, surrounded by a family she cherished. Immaculee Ilibagiza shares the power of faith in God through her experience of the Rwandan genocide. She attests that forgiveness is possible.

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Her first book, Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaustis an autobiographical work detailing how she survived during the Rwandan Genocide. She survived hidden for 91 days with seven other women in a small bathroom, no larger than 3 feet 0.

The bathroom was concealed in a room behind a wardrobe in the home of a Hutu pastor. During the genocide, most of Ilibagiza’s family her mother, her father, and her two brothers Lect and Vianney was killed by Hutu Interahamwe soldiers.


Besides herself, immaculer only other survivor in her family was her brother Aimable, who was studying out of the country in Senegal and did not know of the genocide. Ilibagiza shares how her Catholic faith guided her through her ordeal and describes her eventual forgiveness and compassion toward her family’s killers.

Rising from the ashes of the Rwandan Holocaustpicks up where she left off in Left to Tell.

She tells her story of survival immediately following the genocide t had lived through. It describes how her faith in God kept her going as she struggled to find her place in the world again, and it also shows how she sought out and encouraged many of the orphans who were equally lost. She finally finds a safe refuge in the United States where she is able to look back at everything she had been through. It is in this safe place where she has the potential to reflect on why she ilobagiza through the experience at all.


Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust by Immaculée Ilibagiza

Ilibagiza speaks all over the world and is the recipient of the Mahatma Gandhi Reconciliation and Peace Award. In she was the June 9 speaker for the Robert E.

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