An eyewitness survivor of one of recent history’s most horrific genocidal regimes, Immaculée Ilibagiza shares her message of faith and forgiveness amidst the most awful of circumstances. Born in Rwanda and trained as an electrical engineer, Ilibagiza’s life was shattered in 1994 when the death of her country’s president sparked a slaughter of Tutsis by Hutu militia. Ilibagiza and seven other Tutsi women hid in a house for 91 days while nearly one million people, including most of her family, were killed.
In a stunning and unforgettable presentation based on her book Left to Tell and Led By Faith: Rising from the Ashes of the Rwandan Genocide, Ilibagiza describes how, during this time, she discovered the power of prayer and a profound and lasting relationship with God, which enabled her to seek out and forgive even her family’s killers. Four years after the genocide, Ilibagiza emigrated to the United States and began working for the U.N., establishing the Left to Tell Charitable Fund to help orphaned children in Africa. Ilibagiza has recounted her tale of survival and renewal to myriad audiences, including features on BET, CNN, The New York Times, Newsday, People and 60 Minutes and remains devoted to sharing with audiences the importance of faith, understanding and forgiveness.
Left to Tell: A Story of Peace, Hope and Forgiveness
In a moving and unforgettable presentation, Immaculée Ilibagiza shares with audiences her experience of survival during the Rwanda genocide. She discusses the political and social factors that led up to the genocide, how she struggled to stay alive, and where she is today. Immaculée then shares what led her to be able to forgive her killers, and how that kind of compassion and strength translates into everyday life. Her incredible story and attitude to overcome will encourage everyone who listens to her to hold onto hope.
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