Left to Tell

by

Immaculée Ilibagiza

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Aimable is Immaculée’s oldest brother, and the only other member of her immediate family who survives the genocide. He is quiet, reflective, and mature beyond his years. He is conducting postgraduate research on a scholarship in Senegal during the genocide, and thus he escapes the killings. He and Immaculée eventually reunite, although they are not at first able to talk about what happened. He works as a veterinarian and settles in Kigali with his wife and child.
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Aimable Character Timeline in Left to Tell

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Chapter 1: The Eternal Spring
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Immaculée has three brothers. The oldest, Aimable, was born in 1965 and is wise beyond his years. When Aimable goes to boarding... (full context)
Chapter 5: Returning Home
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Immaculée’s entire family is in Mataba except Aimable, who is in Senegal after having won a scholarship to pursue postgraduate research there. Damascene... (full context)
Chapter 9: Into the Bathroom
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...one another. Immaculée is desperately worried about her family, and thanks God that at least Aimable is safe due to being abroad. Later that day, they hear the killers again, shouting... (full context)
Chapter 19: Camp Comfort
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Immaculée is desperate to talk to Aimable, who is still in Senegal. By the end of July, the war is still continuing... (full context)
Chapter 22: The Lord’s Work
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The colonel grabs some of Immaculée’s letters and suspiciously demands: “Who’s Aimable?”. Immaculée explains that he is her brother, studying in Senegal. At that moment, she spots... (full context)
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...very devout Christians. Immaculée realizes that it is finally time for her to write to Aimable, a task she has delayed because of the unbearable sorrow it will bring them both.... (full context)
Chapter 23: Burying the Dead
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Aimable does not have enough money to visit Rwanda, but Immaculée assures him that he will... (full context)
Epilogue: New Love, New Life
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...with Sarah’s family, and in her spare time she volunteers at an orphanage. In 1995 Aimable returns to Rwanda. At first brother and sister find it hard to even meet each... (full context)