Writer Immaculée Ilibagiza was born in Rwanda and studied electronic and mechanical engineering at the National University. During the Rwanda genocide in 1994, she and seven other women spent 91 days in a bathroom of a local pastor's home. She lost most of her family at this time. Four years later, she immigrated to the United States and began working at the United Nations in New York City. She is currently a full-time public speaker and writer. In 2007, she established the Left to Tell Charitable Fund to help support Rwandan orphans and others who suffered from the long-term effects of genocide and war. She has received numerous humanitarian awards including the Mahatma Gandhi International Award for Reconciliation and Peace 2007 and a Christopher Award.
This remarkable debut book chronicles what has happened in Rwanda and neighboring states since 1994, when the Rwandan government called on everyone in the Hutu majority to murder everyone in the Tutsi minority. Though the killing was low-tech--largely by machete--it was carried out at shocking speed: some 800,000 people were exterminated in a hundred days. A Tutsi pastor, in a letter to his church president, a Hutu, used the chilling phrase that gives Philip Gourevitch his title.
With keen dramatic intensity, Gourevitch frames the genesis and horror of Rwanda's "genocidal logic" in the anguish of its aftermath: the mass displacements, the temptations of revenge and the quest for justice, the impossibly crowded prisons and refugee camps. Through intimate portraits of Rwandans in all walks of life, he focuses on the psychological and political challenges of survival and on how the new leaders of postcolonial Africa went to war in the Congo when resurgent genocidal forces threatened to overrun central Africa.
Can a country composed largely of perpetrators and victims create a cohesive national society? This moving contribution to the literature of witness tells us much about the struggle everywhere to forge sane, habitable political orders, and about the stubbornness of the human spirit in a world of extremity.
We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families is the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction.
Tras estos hechos, y con el mismo coraje y la misma determinación, la joven ruandesa marchó a los Estados Unidos para descubrir allí por qué Dios la había salvado de la barbarie de su país. Es cuando decide contar al mundo su experiencia, encontrando un sentido a la vida a través de la fe.
En este libro, Immaculée cuenta lo que sucedió después del genocidio y cuánto tuvo que luchar para mantener viva su relación con Dios. En tierras norteamericanas, descubrirá una nueva vida a pesar del sufrimiento y de los recuerdos que tanto influyeron en su empeño por seguir al lado de Dios.
"Esta historia de terror, perseverancia y perdón nos enseña que se pueden superar las barreras que alzaron personas egoístas que jamás pensaron en la humanidad". Jeannette Kagame, primera dama de la República de Ruanda.