Left to Tell

by

Immaculée Ilibagiza

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Vianney is Immaculée’s younger brother. Immaculée calls him “lovable but pesky,” and admits that she always sees him as a baby no matter how old he gets. Vianney is home from boarding school when the genocide breaks out. He attempts to seek refuge with Pastor Murinzi along with Augustine, but Pastor Murinzi turns him away because he is male. He ends up being killed in a massacre at a stadium.
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Chapter 1: The Eternal Spring
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The youngest member of the family is Vianney, whom Immaculée calls “lovable but pesky.” Even when Vianney grew up to be a tall... (full context)
Chapter 2: Standing Up
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Immaculée receives a letter from Vianney that makes her miss him terribly. As promised, Damascene comes to visit her once a... (full context)
Chapter 5: Returning Home
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...go, and she is joined by Sarah’s younger brother Augustine, who is close friends with Vianney. (full context)
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...has come home from Kigali, where he works as a high school history teacher, and Vianney is on vacation from boarding school. On Easter Sunday, the family have a big feast,... (full context)
Chapter 8: Farewell to the Boys
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One of Vianney’s high school teachers named Nzima knocks on Pastor Murinzi’s front door. His voice is full... (full context)
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...in a small room, starting early tomorrow morning. He then tells Immaculée that Augustine and Vianney must leave, because it is too dangerous for him to hide men. Immaculée tries to... (full context)
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That night, Immaculée lies in agony thinking about Augustine and Vianney’s fate. One of the other Tutsi women, Therese, tries to comfort her by saying that,... (full context)
Chapter 9: Into the Bathroom
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After saying goodbye to Vianney and Augustine, Immaculée joins the other Tutsi women as they are led by Pastor Murinzi... (full context)
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...for God to protect her family. She feels resentment toward the pastor for not protecting Vianney and Augustine, and prays to God to help her forgive him. She looks at the... (full context)
Chapter 17: The Pain of Freedom
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Jean Paul then explains that Augustine and Vianney were killed in a massacre at the stadium. He adds that Damascene tried to escape... (full context)
Chapter 18: A Letter from Damascene
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...much humor.” This letter is dated May 6, 1994. It is addressed to Leonard, Rose, Vianney, and Immaculée, but there are parentheses around everyone’s name but Immaculée’s. In the letter, Damascene... (full context)
Chapter 22: The Lord’s Work
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...with joy to find Immaculée alive. Immaculée sobs as she tells Sarah how Augustine and Vianney died together. Immaculée decides to move in with Sarah, who lives only five minutes away... (full context)