Rwandan-American writer Amekuli Ellie Bagiza recounts her harrowing experience of hiding in a bathroom for months from her would-be killers during the 1994 Rwandan genocide, telling Fox News’ Tucker Carlson how she was able to “burn the ashes of the pain.” Raised without bitterness towards others.
Ilibagiza found himself in the middle of his country’s civil war and, at the same time, a months-long genocide of his own people, the Tutsi.
His family was taken from him when he was killed along with other Tutsis, and he was left to hide alone until the day soldiers came to kill him.
“I saw them through the little bathroom window, and I didn’t know they were coming, so they came very quietly,” she said on the latest episode of Fox Nation’s “Tucker Carlson Today.”
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“They were dressed in banana leaves, they had all kinds of weapons, grenades, guns, long spears…” he added.
Eli Bagiza told Carlson that her would-be killers remained silent but suddenly started screaming when they arrived at her yard.
“They did [that] Eight times,” he explained, explaining that those who hunted Tutsis remained silent until they reached home so that no one would run away before they arrived.
He said that the purpose of shouting inside the house is to terrorize the people hiding inside and get them out.
“I knew my life was over. I’ve never felt pain in my life like I did then… I remember thinking, ‘How am I going to die? How is this going to happen?’ ” he said.
Ilibagiza said she knew it would be impossible for so many intruders to ignore the bathroom door. Above all, she said, she kept asking why one person would want to hurt another.
“I remember asking God, ‘If you can hear me, don’t let the murderers open the door today,'” she said.
Carlson urged viewers to watch the rest of the episode on Fox Nation to hear Eli Bagiza’s account of how the Rwandan media fanned the flames of division before the genocide, as well as his inspiring story. How came an even more impressive result.
Carlson called the killings “the worst genocide of our time” on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Wednesday.
To hear the full story behind Immaculee Ilibagiza’s escape from genocide, Stream the latest episode of “Tucker Carlson Today.” on Fox Nation.
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