Peace & Justice

This is the blog of the Commission on Peace and Justice for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, New York.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Immaculee Ilibagiza, genocide survivor

Here is what you need to know about Immaculee Ilibagiza, who will be honored at a fundraiser for Teresian House on Thursday:
During the 1994 Rwandan genocide, Immaculee Ilibagiza hid from the Hutus in her pastor's bathroom with seven other women. She emerged 91 days later, emaciated. Most of her family had been killed.

When Ilibagiza's hope faltered, she would pray for salvation on the rosary beads her Catholic father gave her and teach herself English from the Bible.

Ilibagiza is the author of the New York Times best-seller "Left to Tell," her story of faith and survival. She has also hosted a documentary titled "Ready to Forgive, An African Story of Grace," and a movie about her story will be released next year.

On Thursday, she will be the honored guest at the 21st Annual Teresian House Friendraiser Gala at the Saratoga National Golf Course.