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Author of ‘Left to Tell’ shares story with hundreds at DWU
Immaculée Ilibagiza, survivor of the Rwandan genocide
will share her story of faith and forgiveness

Immaculée Ilibagiza
Immaculée Ilibagiza

Not so very long ago, in a world of our own, one woman’s life was devastated as her family and friends were slaughtered outside the bathroom walls that protected her.

Immaculée Ilibagiza hid with seven other women in a local pastor’s bathroom for 91 days during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. She went into the bathroom a 115-pound college student and emerged a 65-pound woman of greater faith. Most of her family murdered and her world devastated, she found herself left to tell a story of survival, loss, faith and even forgiveness.

In honor of DWU’s 125th anniversary, resources for DWU’s traditional annual lectures – Family Life, McGovern Center, Stark and Carhart – were combined to hold one noteworthy Founders’ Lecture.

On Thursday, April 8, at 11 a.m. in the Sherman Center, Ilibagiza, author of “Left to Tell” and “Led by Faith,” spoke to a crowd of about 750 people. The night before she also addressed a full house consisting of local and area youth groups.

For more information about Ilibagiza’s story and her books, go to www.immaculee.com.

In preparation for the Founders’ Lecture, there was also a book discussion and several “Brown Bag” sessions concerning genocide and related topics. These sessions were open to the campus and the community.

The following is a list of sessions:

Left to TellMarch 31 – Sally Wickware-Thompson, campus counselor, will present on the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. It is recommended that participants watch the movie “Hotel Rwanda” prior to this presentation. Wickware-Thompson has spent multiple mission trips in Africa.
 
April 1 – Anne Kelly, associate professor of psychology, discussed mob psychology.
 
April 5 – Amy Novak, DUW provost and executive vice president, led a book discussion on “Left to Tell” and “Led by Faith.”
 
April 6 – Brandon Vetter, campus pastor, led a panel on forgiveness and “moving on” with DWU student, Thomas Madut, who was one of the “Lost Boys.”
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