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Immaculée Ilibagiza (Born 1972) is a Rwandan author and motivational speaker. She is also a Catholic and Tutsi. Her first book, Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust (2006), is an autobiographical work detailing how she survived for 91 days with another seven women during the Rwandan holocaust in a damp and small bathroom, no longer than 3 feet long and 4 feet high. She was featured on PBS on one of Wayne Dyer's programs, and also on a December 3, 2006 segment of 60 Minutes (which re-aired on July 1, 2007). I would actually recommend that you read the article and note how, tellingly, no mention was made about her prayer life. To show you how odd this is, consider the following from her book:
"During my waking hours I was in constant communication with God, praying and meditating for 15 to 20 hours every day. I even dreamed of Jesus and the Virgin Mary during the few hours I slept." (page 107)

15 to 20 hours a day in prayer for months and the mainstream media doesn't mention it. I suppose it's too incomprehensible to mention. Hmmph.

She also spoke at the Rosary Bowl in Pasadena, CA earlier this year (she has a tremendous devotion to the Rosary), as well as the Archdiocese of Atlanta's 2007 Eucharistic Congress.

The following audio is from New Hampshire Public Radio. They sum it up as follows: "One woman's story of genocide. A Rwandan Tutsi, she survived for three months hidden in a bathroom while her family and countrymen were killed in one of the worst cases of genocide in modern history. We'll hear her miraculous tale of survival and the power of forgiveness."

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The other audio is from a non-secular source: EWTN. Fr. Benedict Groeschel talks to Immaculee in the following program:

Listen: Fr. Groeschel and Immaculee Ilibagiza

Ok...I have a spiritual crush on her. Here's one more.

Listen: From the Archdiocese of Atlanta Catholic Podcast: Download the Interview

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