A Morning with Immaculée
On April 6, 1994, the Rwandan President’s plane was shot down over the capital city of Kigali. This assassination of the Hutu president sparked months of massacres of Tutsi tribe members throughout the country. Men, women and children, including Immaculée’s entire family except for one of her brothers, were massacred at the hands of Hutu marauders.
During this time, Immaculée found her faith, taught herself English, and most incredibly, committed herself to a life of peace, hope and forgiveness, even for those who had murdered her family.
In 1998, Immaculée emigrated from Rwanda to the United States where she continued her work for peace through the United Nations. Since then, she has received five honorary doctoral degrees, written seven books about her faith and her life journey, and is the recipient of the Mahatma Gandhi International Award for Reconciliation and Peace.