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Rwandan genocide survivor Immaculée Ilibigiza will be in Perham next week to share her remarkable story of faith, hope and forgiveness. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Rwanda genocide: Survivor’s story of faith, hope

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It was April 1994 in Rwanda – the start of the Tutsi genocide, one of the bloodiest holocausts in human history.

For Immaculée Ilibagiza and more than a million other Tutsi tribe members, the next three months would be rife with unimaginable suffering.


Within a span of 91 days, in a country 1/8 the size of Minnesota, 800,000 Tutsis would be killed – two thirds of the total Tutsi population in Rwanda.

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Marie Johnson
Marie Johnson (formerly Nitke) came to the Perham Focus after several years as the Education and Arts & Entertainment Editor at the Herald-Review of Grand Rapids, Minn. She lives in rural Ottertail with her husband, Dan, and their spunky yellow lab, Louisa.
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