On April 6, 1994, the assassination of the Rwandan President who was part of the Hutu tribe sparked months of massacres of the Tutsi tribe. Being the only daughter of her family, her father sent her to hide at a local pastor’s house for protection. She had to hide in a 3 x 4 foot bathroom with seven other women for 91 days. When she was able to come out of hiding she was only 65 pounds and her entire family, besides one brother who was abroad at the time, were brutally murdered along with nearly a million other people. It was while Immaculée was in hiding that she turned to prayer, and it was through her faith that she was ultimately able to do the impossible and tell her family’s murderer that she forgave him.
On Tuesday, March 26, 2019, Our Lady of Lourdes High School students will have the privilege to hear Immaculée speak during a schoolwide assembly about her experiences and how her faith in God has greatly impacted and helped her to succeed.
According to her website (www.immaculee.com), Immaculée’s first book, Left to Tell; Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust (Hay House) was released in March of 2006.
Left to Tell has received a Christopher Award “affirming the highest values of human spirit,” and was chosen as Outreach Magazine’s selection for “Best Outreach Testimony/Biography Resource of 2007.” Left to Tell has been adopted into the curriculum of dozens of high schools and universities, including Villanova University, which selected it for their “One Book Program,” making Left to Tell mandatory reading for its 6,000 students.
Immaculée has written six additional books in recent years - Led by Faith: Rising from the Ashes of the Rwandan Genocide, Our Lady of Kibeho, If Only We Had Listened, Visit from Heaven, and The Boy Who Met Jesus, and The Rosary.
Today, Immaculée is regarded as one of the world’s leading speakers on faith, hope, and forgiveness. She has shared this universal message with world leaders, school children, multinational corporations, churches, and at events and conferences around the world, including a recent presentation to over 200,000 people in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
(Adapted from www.immaculee.com)