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When I was in high school, I don't think I could have found Rwanda on a world map.
I could have probably told you it was in Africa, but that was about it.
But a senior-to-be at Worthington High Sc... Posted on 6/21/12 at 10:18 AM
Jackson woman studies transformation of the continent
JACKSON — How do you live alongside a million murderers?
Reconciliation and forgiveness have been key in Rwanda’s struggle to overcome the effects of the 1994 genocide, which killed nearly a million people — and resulted in a million people being charged with genocide-related crimes.
Before the genocide, there were approximately 8 million people living in Rwanda. After, the conditions were strikingly different. One million corpses. Four million people in exile. One million murderers.
WORTHINGTON — When Kathy Lesnar read Immaculée Ilibagiza’s book about her experiences during the Rwanda genocide, she was moved enough by the story to seek out an opportunity to hear Immaculée speak. But she never dreamed that she would get a phone call — out of the blue — from the author.
WORTHINGTON — When a friend gave Kathy Lesnar a copy of the book “Left to Tell,” she cautioned Kathy, “Don’t even open the front cover until you’re ready for your life to change.”
Neither woman realized just how prophetic that statement would be. Kathy not only read the book, she also went to hear author Immaculée Ilibagiza speak, eventually began to work with her and more recently joined Immaculée on a pilgrimage to Africa.
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