7/18/2013 3:06:00 PM Genocide survivor to speak in Oregon
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TUALATIN — Resurrection Parish here and the Marian Prayer Center are hosting a Rwandan genocide survivor who has become one of the world's most respected voices on peace, faith, hope and forgiveness.
Immaculee Ilibagiza will be hosting a retreat and sharing her message at Resurrection Oct. 25-26.
During the 1994 genocide, largely by Tutsi tribe members by rival Hutus, it was often Christian killing Christian. An estimated 800,000 perished.
During the genocide, Ilibagiza was among a group of eight women crowded into the small, hidden bathroom of a nearby pastor's house for 91 days. They narrowly escaped death as squads hunted in the area, even searching the house.
Ilibagiza, then a 22-year-old student, lost most of her family during the genocide, including her mother and father. But she but she never lost hope. She has recently become a U.S. citizen.
Ilibagiza is author of the best-seller “Left to Tell.”
Cost of the retreat is $57 for one and $95 for two. Proceeds go to support Ilibagiza’s ministry, Rwandan orphanages, the church in Rwanda and various other ministries.