One Book, One Community

One Book, One Community is designed to bring the Carondelet community together by reading , discussing, and sharing a book that reflects the philosophy and mission of Carondelet High School. The selection for school year 2011-2012 is Left to Tell by Immaculée Ilibagiza.

Immaculée Ilibagiza tells her personal story of survival amidst the ethnic genocide of close to one million Tutsis in Rwanda in 1994. She describes her experience hidden in a small bathroom with seven other women while the holocaust took  place.  Her Catholic faith and her relationship with God sustained her though the ordeal and afterward. This book is an inspiration and a call for faith and forgiveness. 

The mass murder that took place in Rwanda in 1994 was a horrific event . This book describes violent events that are disturbing.  Below please find background information that may aid in your understanding of the events in Rwanda and the book itself.

 Background Information

Rotberg, Robert I., and Elizabeth Obadina. " Hutus and Tutsis: Genocide in Rwanda." Ethnic Groups in Africa (2007): 78-103. Book Collection Nonfiction: High School Edition. EBSCO. Web. 23 May 2011. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=n9h&AN=24083536&site=ehost-live

"Rwandan Genocide: 10 Years on." BBC News. British Broadcasting Company, 18 Dec. 2008. Web. 24 May 2011. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_depth/africa/2004/rwanda/.

Aids to Reading


Left to Tell Chapter Discussion Questions.pdf

Scripture Challenges to Reconciliation.pdf

Left to Tell Google Map created by Mr. Trampleasure