HYPE Day: Immaculée Ilibagiza

Oct 17, 2018 at 9:30am

The HYPE Career Ready Program combines inspirational speakers, unique learning experiences, and professional skills to help every student prepare for life after college.

*Please note that HYPE sessions are only open to members of the Heidelberg community. To register to attend a HYPE keynote, email hype@heidelberg.edu no earlier than four weeks before the event.

This event is in partnership with the Lichtman-Behm Genocide Lecture Series.

About Immaculée Ilibagiza

Born in Rwanda, Immaculée studied electronic and mechanical engineering at the National University of Rwanda. She is a survivor of the 1994 Rwandan genocide that took the lives of nearly one million Tutsi, including her entire family except for one brother. She survived by huddling silently with seven other women in a bathroom for 91 days. She realized that refusing forgiveness would not change anything and, eventually, she met the man who massacred her family and forgave him face-to-face. Today, she is regarded as one of the world’s leading speakers on faith, hope and forgiveness. Born in Rwanda, Immaculée studied electronic and mechanical engineering at the National University of Rwanda. She is a survivor of the 1994 Rwandan genocide that took the lives of nearly one million Tutsi, including her entire family except for one brother. She survived by huddling silently with seven other women in a bathroom for 91 days. She realized that refusing forgiveness would not change anything and, eventually, she met the man who massacred her family and forgave him face-to-face. Today, she is regarded as one of the world’s leading speakers on faith, hope and forgiveness.

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