President's Lecture Series


Immaculee Ilibagiza: "Left to Tell: A Story of Peace, Hope and Forgiveness"

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Webb University Center

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President's Lecture Series; Jacobson/Wallenberg Humanitarian Speaker


Born in Rwanda and trained as an electrical engineer, Immaculee Ilibagiza had her life shattered in 1994 when the death of Rwanda's president sparked a slaughter of Tutsis by Hutu militia, with as many as 10,000 killed each day. Ilibagiza and seven other Tutsi women hid in a house for 91 days while nearly 1 million people, including most of her family, were killed. In a stunning and unforgettable presentation based on her book "Left to Tell" and "Led By Faith: Rising from the Ashes of the Rwandan Genocide," Ilibagiza describes how, during this time, she discovered the power of prayer and a profound and lasting relationship with God, which enabled her to seek out and forgive even her family's killers. Four years after the genocide, Ilibagiza emigrated to the United States and began working for the U.N., establishing the Left to Tell Charitable Fund to help orphaned children in Africa. Ilibagiza has recounted her tale of survival and renewal to myriad audiences. She has been featured on BET, CNN and "60 Minutes" and in The New York Times, Newsday and People. She remains devoted to sharing with audiences the importance of faith, understanding and forgiveness.


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