Left To Tell by Immaculée Ilibagiza & Steve Erwin
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. Immaculee's 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 family's killers.


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

 

About Immaculée Ilibagiza & Steve Erwin

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Immaculée Ilibagiza, the author of Left to Tell, Led by Faith, and Our Lady of Kibeho (with Steve Erwin), 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 soon 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, and was awarded the Mahatma Gandhi International Award for Reconciliation and Peace. Steve Erwin is a New York Times best-selling author and award-winning journalist. He lives in New York City with his wife, journalist and author Natasha Stoynoff.
 
Published February 15, 2006 by Hay House. 242 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Religion & Spirituality, Self Help, War. Non-fiction

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In 1994, Rwandan native Ilibagiza was 22 years old and home from college to spend Easter with her devout Catholic family, when the death of Rwanda's Hutu president sparked a three-month slaughter of nearly one million ethnic Tutsis in the country.

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When the holocaust was over, Iligabiza was sent to refugee camps, and at long last she was presented with the opportunity to meet Felicien, the leader of the gang who killed her mother and brother, who was now in prison.

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Despite these physical problems, each day Iligabiza thanked God for giving her life and for making her feel loved and cherished.

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Left to Tell is Immacule Iligabiza’s amazing story about her escape from mass murder during the 1994 Rwandan holocaust, which she accomplished by hiding out in a tiny secret bathroom for 91 days with seven other girls and women.

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Examiner

In her unfailing devotion to prayer and her Catholic faith, she found room in her heart for the love of Jesus Christ to live within her, and for His love to shine through as if He were being crucified all over again.

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Scholars And Rogues

I couldn’t stop being tall, and I couldn’t stop being a Tutsi!” When she flees her home and goes into hiding, Ilibagiza pulls the reader along in desperate haste, and together—author and reader, both fugitives—hunker down in terror and wait for the terror to pass.

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