In the preface, Immaculée Ilibagiza writes that the following book is not meant to be a comprehensive or objective history of the Rwandan genocide, but rather a highly personal narrative. It is a true story, and she uses her own name and the names of her family. However, she changed others’ names to protect their safety. Immaculée concludes by saying that she hopes readers “benefit” from her story.
The preface establishes that while “Left to Tell” is a nonfiction book that tells a true story, it is also a subjective, personal narrative. Immaculée hopes to teach and benefit others not necessarily through “hard” facts, but through her own emotional and spiritual journey.