Erin Foster will review the book, “Left to Tell”, a true story written by Immaculee’ Ilibagiza with Steve Erwin, during the monthly book review at 10 a.m. Saturday in the fellowship hall of First Baptist Church, 6501 S. Hazel Street.
Ilibagiza was born in a country she loved, and grew up surrounded by a family she cherished. But in 1994 her idyllic world was ripped apart as Rwanda descended into a bloody genocide. Her family was brutally murdered during a killing spree that lasted three months and claimed the lives of nearly a million Rwandans. Miraculously, Ilibagiza survived the slaughter. For 91 days, she and seven other women huddled silently together in the cramped bathroom of a local pastor’s home while hundreds of machete-wielding killers hunted for them.
It was during those endless hours of unspeakable terror that Ilibagiza discovered the power of prayer, eventually shedding her fear of death and forging a profound and lasting relationship with God. She emerged from her bathroom hideout having truly discovered the meaning of unconditional love. The triumphant story of this remarkable woman’s journey through the darkness of genocide will inspire anyone whose life has been touched by fear, suffering and loss.
Ilibagiza studied electronic and mechanical engineering at the National University. She is establishing the Ilibagiza Foundation to help others heal from the long effects of genocide and war. She and her husband, Bryan Black, live in Long Island, N.Y., with their two children, Nikisha and Bryan Jr.
Erwin is a writer and award-winning journalist, recently serving as a foreign correspondent. He lives with his wife, journalist Natasha Stoynoff in Manhattan, and is writing his second novel.
Foster grew up in Jacksonville and has lived in Pine Bluff for 21 years. She is the wife of Wayne Foster of Pine Bluff and they have a son living in Philadelphia, a daughter living in Vicksburg, Miss., and they have five grandchildren. She graduated from the University of Arkansas with a bachelor’s degree and from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a master’s degree in business administration. She is employed as the accounting manager for Liberty Utilities Water Company.
Following the review, door prizes and refreshments will be furnished. The public is invited.