Before our team left for Kivuruga in 2011, we were encouraged to learn more about Rwanda and its history, including the incredibly sad story of the 1994 genocide. One book in particular fleshed out the horror of Rwanda’s civil war by detailing its impact on an individual life and the fate of her family.
Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust is the story of Immaculée Ilibagiza. How this young woman survived the violence that swept her country and destroyed most of her family is riveting in and of itself. Equally remarkable, though, is the way in which Immaculée’s relationship with God was deepened. Find out what sustained Immaculée as she and seven other women hid for three months in a tiny, cramped bathroom, hoping to save themselves from certain destruction.
Immaculée’s story will also help you to understand how post-civil war Rwanda has managed to find an astonishing path towards peace and reconciliation. You can listen to Immaculée herself on this clip from youtube. Warning: this video is inspiring, but it is not for the faint of heart.