Author, genocide survivor Immaculee Ilibagiza to speak Nov. 11

Author, genocide survivor Immaculee Ilibagiza to speak Nov. 11

Immaculee Ilibagiza, author of the book Left to Tell, is coming to the University of St. Thomas on Tuesday, Nov. 11. Sponsored by the University Lectures Committee, she will speak on "Faith, Hope and Forgiveness." The event is free and open to the public.

Immaculee Ilibagiza

Ilibagiza's lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. in O'Shaughnessy Educational Center auditorium. Copies of Left to Tell will be available for purchase after the lecture.

Born in Rwanda, Ilibagiza found her life transformed when the Rwandan genocide forced her and seven other women to hide silently in a crowded bathroom for 91 days while many of her family members were killed. She will discuss her personal story in which she found a relationship with God and discovered the power of forgiveness.

Four years later, Ilibagiza left Rwanda and immigrated to the United States, where she began her work for the United Nations. Her powerful story is revealed in her book. More than 250,000 copies have been sold worldwide, and her story has been made into a documentary. She received an honorary degree from St. Thomas last spring.