Yesterday, across Rwanda, thousands converged in stadiums and churches to commemorate Kwibuka – Remembrance. Two decades ago marked the start of 100 of the darkest days in human history. 1 million people were killed in the Rwandan Genocide.
I stand with the survivors and will not let the million lost be forgotten!
Immaculée Ilibagiza’s “Let to Tell: Discovering God in the Rwandan Holocaust” (2006) remains one of the most harrowing autobiographies I have ever consumed. Immaculée’s narration is like a movie set in hell. The blurb of the book says it all:
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. 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.
You might also like to watch this YouTube Video and listen to Immaculee speak about how she went through the valley of death during the Rwandan genocide. How she was hidden in a bathroom for months, while her own people slaughtered each other. How her entire family were wiped out from the face of the earth. And how she forgave all those who killed her family and her healing.