A survivor of the 1994 Rwandan genocide will be the keynote speaker at OneLife L.A. 2017. The annual event draws tens of thousands of pro-life supporters, who gather in downtown Los Angeles to celebrate the beauty and dignity of human life.

Immaculée Ilibagiza was a college student when the Rwandan genocide broke out, forcing her to hide with seven other women in a cramped bathroom. When she emerged 91 days later, the once 115-pound student weighed 65 pounds. She soon learned that most of her family, including her mother and father, had been murdered. 

“The only thing that got me through was my faith in God,” Ilibagiza says of the horrific experience. She chose to forgive her family’s murderers and details her struggles in the book “Left to Tell.”

Archbishop José H. Gomez invites the community of Southern California to join in declaring a commitment to valuing and protecting all human life, particularly the most vulnerable in our society. “OneLife L.A. means sharing the love of God with others — especially those who are poor and forgotten, and those who are alone and excluded.”