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Rwandan genocide survivor shares her message of love and faith


An author with a special message stopped in Siouxland to share her story of faith and survival.

Immaculee Ilibagiza grew up in Rwanda. She was forced to hide in a tiny room with seven other young women for 91 days to escape the genocide in her country.

When it was over, she found out her entire family had been murdered.

She's written several books about her experiences, and Saturday she shared her message of love and faith to raise money for HOPE Ministries.

"The village where I work out of [in] Tanzania and they're currently doing the trials to prosecute the people of the Rwandan genocides. So, I had gone, I had listened, I've sat in on the trials, and when I heard about Imaculee, that she is a survivor and has moved to the states, I wanted her to share her story with the people," HOPE Ministries President/Founder Gayle Stroschein said.

HOPE Ministries is a faith-based nonprofit.

Its mission is to bring faith, hope, and love to the people of Tanzania through an orphanage and providing medical care and supplies.

KTIV morning anchor Sarah Te Slaa, emceed the inspirational event.

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