Thirteen years before the bloody 1994 genocide that swept across Rwanda and left more than a million people dead, the Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ appeared to eight young people in the remote village of Kibeho. Through these visionaries, Mary and Jesus warned of the looming holocaust, which they assured could be averted if Rwandans opened their hearts to God and embraced His love.
Much like what happened at similar sites such as Fátima and Lourdes, the messengers of Kibeho were at first mocked and disbelieved. But as miracle after miracle occurred in the tiny village, tens of thousands of Rwandans journeyed to Kibeho to behold the apparitions. For years, countless onlookers watched as the Mother and Son of God spoke through the eight seers about God’s love, sending messages that they insisted were meant not only for Rwandans, but for the entire world, to hear. Mary also sent messages to government and church leaders to instruct them how to end the ethnic hatred simmering in their country. She warned them that Rwanda would become “a river of blood” —a land of unspeakable carnage —if the hatred of the people was not quickly quelled by love.
Some leaders listened, but very few believed: the prophetic and apocalyptic warnings tragically came true during 100 horrifying days of savage bloodletting and mass murder. After the genocide, and two decades of rigorous investigation, Our Lady of Kibeho became the first and only Vatican-approved Marian (that is, related to the Virgin Mary) site in all of Africa. But the story still remains largely unknown.
Now, Immaculée Ilibagiza plans to change all that. She made many pilgrimages to Kibeho both before and after the holocaust, personally witnessed true miracles, and spoke with a number of the visionaries themselves. What she’s discovered will deeply touch your heart.
About the Author
Immaculée Ilibagiza lost most of her family during the 1994 genocide. Four years later, she emigrated to the United States and soon began working at the United Nations in New York City. In 2007 she established the Left to Tell Charitable Fund, which helps support Rwandan orphans, and was awarded the Mahatma Gandhi International Award for Reconciliation and Peace.
“This beautifully written book touches your soul. Anyone searching for peace will find the path to faith and forgiveness in Our Lady of Kibeho.”
— Amy Polasky, the founder of LLI Academy of Foreign Affairs
“If you believe that the genocide that happened in predominantly Catholic Rwanda was one of those isolated things that could never happen anywhere else—think again. This incredible book will open your eyes to how, from pure love, heaven warns us of the consequences of forgetting about God and pleads with us continually to begin anew a life closer to the Lord through prayer, penance, conversion, and preparation for the return of Christ.”
— Oscar I. Delgado, film producer and the former Latin American Bureau Chief of NBC News
"A fascinating account of the most recent apparition of Our Lady to receive Vatican recognition. The story of Kibeho is filled with the mystery of the conflict of good and evil, of the justice and mercy of God, of unanswerable questions of life leading us to take our refuge in the heart of the Holy Mother and in the hands of Divine Mercy. Like [Immaculée’s] other [work], Left to Tell,you will never forget this book."
— Fr. Benedict J. Groeschel, Community of Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, Larchmont, New York
“The appearances of the Virgin Mary in the little African village of Kibeho, Rwanda, is one of the most important apparitions in recent history and will take its place among other historical giants, like those of Guadalupe and Fátima. This book, however, is more than the story of an apparition. It’s a remarkable story of how Rwanda, a country divided by ethnic hatreds and shattered by one of the bloodiest genocides in human history, is being reunited and healed through a singular faith in the enduring love of the Virgin Mary.”
— Drew Mariani, the nationally syndicated talk-show host and award-winning writer, producer, and director
“Why did God send the Queen of Heaven and Earth, mother of Christ, and mother of all peoples to Kibeho, Rwanda? Why did the Blessed Virgin choose to come into the heart of rural Africa with messages for the entire world? Immaculée, like a flower that has sprung from the soil of Kibeho, has dedicated her life to addressing these questions and helping us to understand the messages the Blessed Mother delivered to three visionaries here, messages that echo the powerful truths of the gospel. The redeeming love of the Blessed Mother lives on in Kibeho and is here for the world to discover. Immaculée has captured that love in Our Lady of Kibeho. If you read this book, it will change your life.”
— Father Leszek Czelusniak, the director of the Marian Formation Center “CANA” in Kibeho, Rwanda
“This is a remarkable story of how Rwanda, a country divided by ethnic hatred and shattered by one of history’s bloodiest genocides, is reuniting and healing itself through a singular faith in the enduring love and forgiveness of the Virgin Mary. No matter what your race, religion, political affiliation, or personal belief system, you will be inspired by Our Lady of Kibeho—a true story of the power of faith and the great potential of forgiveness.”
— John Fund, columnist for The Wall Street Journal
“Our Lady of Kibeho is calling the children of God from across the world to become her beautiful flowers in her garden of love. Immaculée, thank you sharing Our Lady’s love with all of us in this beautiful book—you are truly an apostle of Our Lady of Kibeho! God bless you!”
— Emerita Mukayiranga, the founder of the Flowers of Mary in Kibeho Association
“Our Lady of Kibeho radiates with the enormous power of the Virgin Mary’s love; a love so powerful it can change hearts and change the world. I urge you and those you love to readthis book and discover how Our Lady’s love can transform your life and bring you spiritual peace, happiness, and prosperity.”
— Steve McEveety, producer of The Passion of the Chris