Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust- Immaculee Ilibagiza
Twenty-two years have passed since the African nation of Rwanda found itself caught in a civil war between the Hutu and Tsutsi tribes. Tensions between the two had been simmering beneath the surface for many years and when things finally came to a head in April, 1994, the conflict escalated into a full-scale genocide. Rwandan society had been shaped on ethnic grounds under the colonial governments imposed by German and Belgian settlers resulting in jealousy, mistrust and unfortunately, ethnic cleansing. The tragedy ranks high among the worst cases of large-scale genocide in history. One of the survivors, Immaculee Ilibagiza, decided to record her memories following the war and they have been turned into this chilling account of the horrors of the holocaust. The book was a New York Times bestseller upon its release and remains a crucial part of Rwandan and world history.
Now married and a mother herself, she has come a long way since the tragedy in Rwanda, but her words convey to the reader the reality of the atrocities that took place. Parts of the book may be upsetting to some and I forewarn the reader that they are not for the faint of heart. Graphic in detail and vividly described, the scenes of murder and brutality come alive. Her story of survival with several other Tutsi made possible through a merciful pastor will reach your mind and touch your soul pulling you into what could only be described as hell on earth. Today Rwanda is far different but the people have not forgotten the darkest time in the country’s history through the peace organization Never Again Rwanda. The goal of the organization is to preserve the memory of the holocaust while at the same time, making sure that the genocide that occurred against the Tutsi people is never repeated against any group of people of any ethnic background.