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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She is like a bird, soaring over all her problems and eventually being free. I read way too many books like this, Night, The Rape of Nanking, and I am repeatedly horrified by how these atrocities can occur.

Most people assume the holocaust was a Hutu versus Tutsi tribal conflict. Reading this book brought me to tears so many times, and it truly takes a phenomenal woman to go through what she did and then forgive the perpetrators after all was said and done. These Tutsis lived in the same neighborhoods, went to the same schools, churches etc but when the government calls for all the Tutsis to be killed, the ilibgiza Hutus go at it.

Lost, stuck and nowhere to run.

Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust

Be aware that this book will bring you ilibabiza tears, immaculeee it will also open your eyes in the end. It tells the story of a smart young girl ipibagiza Immaculee and her journey with forgiveness. First the killers shot them with machine guns, and then they threw grenades at them. All I know, is that my faith, which most days is weak to non-existent, would certainly be gone after enduring what Immaculee endured. And it’s not just what she suffered or lost, because many people endured greater tragedies and were left without anyone.


Were they any less religious as Immaculee? During the genocide, most of Ilibagiza’s family her mother, her father, and her two brothers Damascene and Vianney was killed by Hutu Interahamwe soldiers.

Imagine being in a closet sized bathroom with 7 strangers for 91 days.

This book immacilee racism and blind hatred seem really stupid. It is about so much more than death, violence, and hatred; it is about the triumph of love and forgiveness. And his deep fingerprints are visible in this book.

I marveled at her amazing faith and her willingness to forgive and love. Not only will reading this book make you realize how much you may take for granted in your life, but it also shows you that if she can find forgiveness through God, so can you, no matter how big or small the trespass. Indeed, let me say that even a little stronger: Her story, even for a nonbeliever, is an inspiring tale and a stunning demonstration of the power of her faith.

Sometimes the best thing to do is forgive and forget. Oct 25, Brooke rated it it was amazing Shelves: Apr 28, Hafsah M rated it really liked it.

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

Her story is not necessarily unique in the realm of the Rwandan genocide, though as I know from personal experience in working with Holocaust survivors every story is different and unique. Ilibagiza tells the story of what happened to her during the Rwandan Holocaust. I suppose it makes little sense to compare various historical holocausts in an effort to determine which was worst. But I resolved that when the negative feelings came upon me, I wouldn’t wait for them to grow or fester.


If someone comes into my home intending to do my family harm, then it’s on. I brought him to you to question. I take issue with automatically forgiving murderers and believe that true forgiveness, especially when it comes to such atrocities, can only come from God. View all 3 comments. There were six women and then eight. The recurring theme in Left to Tell is to forgive and forget.

They are only a small portion of the million lives lost in the genocide.

She tells it in very simple terms and pulls no punches. Why did you forgive him?

I cried through every chapter. First, she equates prayer with positive thinking. I enjoy a little Wayne Dyer from time to time, but holy crapshoot batman, they hijacked this story. I think of W. It inspired me to serve more willingly, to be more informed, and to try to put my life in God’s hands. This book can ilihagiza read in one sitting, though its effects will linger for days afterwards.

I was a little put-off by his description of Lert as “Divine” and his comparison of her to an Indian woman “who some believe is the Divine Mother. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Anyone with any interest in the power of human mind to overcome the absolute worst life can ilibayiza at you needs to read this book.