OUR LADY OF KIBEHO STATUE
This statue of Our Lady of Kibeho, also known as “Nyina wa Jambo” (“Mother of the Word”) and Our Lady of Sorrow, was created by EWTN in consultation with Immaculee Ilibagiza, Rwandan genocide survivor and renowned author of “Our Lady of Kibeho”.
It is made of fiberglass and hand-painted with great attention to detail including the chaplet of Seven Sorrows and the beautifully colorful carpet of flowers under Our Lady's feet.
Thirteen years before the bloody 1994 genocide that swept across Rwanda and left more than a million people dead, the Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ appeared to eight young people in the remote village of Kibeho. Through these visionaries, Mary and Jesus warned of the looming holocaust, which (they assured) could be averted if Rwandans opened their hearts to God and embraced His love. She warned them that Rwanda would become "a river of blood"—a land of unspeakable carnage—if the hatred of the people was not quickly quelled by love.
Some leaders listened, but very few believed. The prophetic and apocalyptic warnings tragically came true during 100 horrifying days of savage bloodletting and mass murder. Our Lady of Kibeho became the first and only Vatican-approved Marian (related to the Virgin Mary) site in all of Africa.