‘Left to Tell’: A first-person account of the Rwanda genocide

Over a 100 day period in 1994, 800,000 people were slaughtered in the country oltt_2f Rwanda.

Most of the western countries, including the United States, ignored the killings and withdrew troops from the country to avoid conflict.

A few months ago, my mom asked me if I had read the book “Left to Tell”. She said that after reading the book, I would never be prejudiced toward anyone again.

I try not to be a prejudiced person, but we all fall victim to stereotypes and draw conclusions based on nothing but what we’ve heard.

“Left to tell” is the autobiography of a woman named Immaculée Ilibagiza.  She survived the genocide in Rwanda by hiding in a preacher’s bathroom with seven other women for 91 days, while her mother, father and two brothers were murdered.

The book was beautiful but terrifying. The men doing the killings were friends of those whose lives they took. The uneasiness that set off the killings was caused by Hutus’ extremists that brainwashed many civilians.

I was amazed at how easily people could turn on their childhood friends, co-workers and neighbors.

Immaculée’s message was powerful. She developed a strong relationship with God during her 91 days, and she was eventually able to forgive the man that murdered her mother and brother.

Her optimism, strength and ability to forgive is something to admire. Her hope is encouraging for all of us.

For more information about the Rwandan genocide go to http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/ghosts/

To learn more about Immaculée’s story check out http://www.lefttotell.com/index.php

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