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November 2009

Rwandan genocide survivor shares faith, life story

If Immaculée Ilibagiza, a survivor of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, can forgive those who murdered her family, anyone can forgive.

That's what she said during two talks in Omaha Nov. 6. She began the day speaking to students from Creighton Prep, Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart and V.J. and Angela Skutt Catholic High School. All of the students had read Ilibagiza's first book, "Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust."

At noon, she told her story again at the Whole Women's Day Express 2009 event at the Omaha Country Club.

ROCHA-Maria E.

ROCHA-Maria E., 53. Funeral Mass Nov. 25 at St. Matthews Church, Bellevue. Private interment. Survived by husband, Ramiro Rocha Jr.; sons and daughters-in-law, Chris and Ursula, Kansas City, Mo., and Phil and Amber, San Diego, Calif.; father, Roberto and wife, Magda Rodriguez, San Antonio, Texas; brother and sister-in-law, Ricardo and Shiela Rodriguez, Juneau, Ark., Romeo and Margie Rodriguez, San Antonio, Texas, and Jorge Rodriguex, San Antonio, Texas; sister and brother-in-law, Pita and Charlie Hoffman, San Antonio, Texas; four grandchildren.

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