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Left To Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust (original 2006; edition 2006)

by Immaculee Ilibagiza (Author), Steve Erwin (Contributor)

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Title:Left To Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust
Authors:Immaculee Ilibagiza (Author)
Other authors:Steve Erwin (Contributor)
Info:Hay House (2006), Edition: 1st, 215 pages
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Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust by Immaculee Ilibagiza (2006)

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This was a fascinating look at the genocide that took place in Rwanda. I knew very little about the history or this part of the world and really enjoyed learning about such an important event. The author, Immaculate Ilibagiza, is an extraordinary human being who somehow found it within herself to forgive the murderers of her family and fellow tribe members. Her story is inspirational as a human story, but also as a religious story as her Catholic faith has carried her throughout her life. Recommended for all. ( )
  msaucier818 | Apr 9, 2018 |
Highly highly recommend. Also recommend, tissues!
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  RowleyWrites | Sep 28, 2017 |
Shocking and inspiring. Ms. Ilibagiza tells the story of what happened to her during the Rwandan Holocaust. The narrative's glut of horrific violence made me sick at heart, but Ilibagiza's faith and personal strength pulled me through.

These people are just like you and me: human, educated, desiring of a happy life, and it's stunning to see how quickly so much of this can go down the tubes when mob mentality, based on racial prejudice, sets in. And lest my dear review reader thinks that such things don't happen in America, let's pause for a moment to consider what happened in New Orleans during Katrina. Yes, Katrina, New Orleans, wasn't anything close to a Rwandan Holocaust, but I was shocked how many people, in the aftermath -- good religious, supposedly god-fearing people -- said things to me like, "Those people weren't smart enough to leave when they should have" or "Why should I send money, they're just a bunch of welfare cheats anyway", etc. Barbara Bush spoke for many when she said of the Houston Astrodome Refugess: "They're loving it here."

It's exactly that brand of dismissive rationalization and downgrading of human suffering, based on class- and racial-prejudice, taking place over decades, that set the stage for the Hutu massacre of the Tutsis. The Nazi Holocaust took off from the nearly exact same foundation of social and class prejudice against the Jews.

Anyway, I think that this should be required reading. Ms. Ilibagiza is remarkably brave, and you need to hear her story. ( )
  evamat72 | Mar 31, 2016 |
heart aching story of genocide survivor. great faith
  seoulregina | Jan 24, 2016 |
What an amazing story... so sad, so tragic, so frightening, but yet there is hope. A truly touching book about survival. ( )
  CrystalW | Dec 15, 2015 |
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To my beloved parents, Leonard and Rose; and my dear brothers Damascene and Vianney, for all the selfless love you gave me. You make heaven a brighter place, and I will love you always.

For my brother Aimable, with much love and in hopes of healing unspoken pain.

And to my new family -- Bryan and our sweet babies, Nikki and Bryan, Jr. -- for giving me a new life, love, and inspiration. You make my life complete. In memory of holocaust victims everywhere.

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Chapter 1: The Eternal Spring
I was born in paradise. At least, that's how I felt about my homeland while I was growing up.
"When we are no longer able to change a situation--we are challenged to change ourselves."
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As Seen on Public TV. Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust.

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Presents the true story of a woman who endures the murder of her family as a result of genocide in Rwanda and turns to prayer for strength, love, and forgiveness.

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