A Dozen Years After the Rwandan Genocide ... Survivor Surmounts the Horror and Is LEFT TO TELL Her Story and Aid Orphans Left Behind
CARLSBAD, Calif., March 7 /PRNewswire/ -- In April of 1994 in Rwanda, the horrific scenes of one of history's most tragic events unfolded before the eyes of an innocent college girl visiting her family over Easter break. Immaculee Ilibagiza spent 91 days hiding in a preacher's 3'x4' bathroom with seven other women, listening to the stories of her family's slaughter and country's holocaust. This courageous woman weathered a storm of obstacles and conquered them all, turning torture into triumph. Miraculously, she was LEFT TO TELL the story of how she overcame her hatred and created the strength to let it bloom into forgiveness. And so, Immaculee's autobiography is titled LEFT TO TELL (Hay House March 2006). (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20060307/LATU062 ) "Being spared is much different from being saved ... and this lesson forever changed me. It is a lesson that, in the midst of mass murder, taught me how to love those who hated and hunted me -- and how to forgive those who slaughtered my family," she says. "The Diary of Immaculee," a documentary based on the book, is being produced by three-time Academy Award nominees, Steve Kalafer and Peter LeDonne. (Visit www.diaryofImmaculee.com for details.) The documentary is expected to debut sometime this spring. "There are people I left behind that I must help. I hope to return to Rwanda as often as I can to aid in restoring hope to the hearts of genocide survivors, especially the orphaned children," she says. Therefore, Immaculee and her publisher, Hay House have established a foundation to help others heal from the long-term effects of genocide and war. All proceeds from donations of "Left To Tell" bracelets and a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the book will benefit the Left To Tell Charitable Fund, an organization that helps the children of Africa build better lives. The bracelets will be available for a donation on the Left to Tell website, www.lefttotell.com. In 2003, Hay House opened Hay House South Africa. The division was created as an entirely non-profit entity. One hundred percent of all sales from Hay House South Africa go back to the people of South Africa, specifically to the 800,000 orphaned children left from the AIDS epidemic. Hay House donates profits to the organization NOAH (Nurturing Orphans of AIDS for Humanity (http://www.noahorphans.org.za). According to Hay House President Reid Tracy, "We are pleased to be continuing our charitable work in Africa with Immaculee's Left To Tell Charitable Fund. We are in the process of purchasing the house where she spent those 91 terrifying days in the bathroom and have plans of turning it into a museum." Please feel free to request a review copy or interview with this courageous and inspiring woman. Immaculee lives in New York City with her husband and children. Hay House is an international leader in self-help and motivational publishing, featuring books, audios, and sidelines by more than 125 authors. New Beginnings Press, Smiley Books, and Princess Books are imprints of Hay House, Inc. Please visit us as www.hayhouse.com. LEFT TO TELL, Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust By Immaculee Ilibagiza, with Steve Erwin Hay House, Inc. -- Publication Date: March 2006 "In 1994, Rwandan native Ilibagiza was 22 years old and home from college to spend Easter with her devout Catholic family when the death of Rwanda's Hutu president sparked a three-month slaughter of nearly one million ethnic Tutsis. She survived by hiding in a Hutu pastor's tiny bathroom with seven other starving women for 91 cramped, terrifying days. This searing firsthand account of Ilibagiza's experience cuts two ways: her description of the evil that was perpetrated, including the brutal murders of her family members, is soul-numbingly devastating, yet the story of her unquenchable faith and connection to God throughout the ordeal uplifts and inspires. This book is a precious addition to the literature that tries to make sense of humankind's seemingly bottomless depravity and counterbalancing hope in an all-powerful, loving God." - Publisher's Weekly, Starred Review, March 2006 "I am humbled by the extraordinary spirituality that shines throughout Immaculee Ilibagiza's story of terror, endurance, healing, and forgiveness. As a Rwandan, I am proud that we can look beyond the misconceived differences that resulted in the murder of so many of our children, men, and women in 1994. Immaculee's account of genocide survival is truly astonishing. It gives us hope of overcoming the divisions deliberately created by those with self-serving agendas and no thought for humanity. Everyone should read this story -- survivors as well as perpetrators. I hope that all can experience Immaculee's profound spiritual transformation and be inspired to work for a united and lasting nation." - Jeannette Kagame, First Lady of the Republic of Rwanda
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