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Our Lady of Kibeho

Where:  Kibeho, Rwanda

When:  1981- 1983


Kibeho Is a small village located in South Western Rwnada. The reported apparitions began there on November 28, 1981, at a time of increasing tension between Tutsi and Hutu groups. They occurred at Kibeho College, a secondary school for girls, and included an vision of the Descending of Rwanda into violence and hatred which many believe foretold the 1994 Rwandan genocide.


Over the course of the 1980s, the Virgin Mary was reported to have appeared to three young women, identifying herself as Nyina wa Jambo (Kinyarwanda for “Mother of the Word”), which was synonymous with Umubyeyi W'Imana ("Mother of God").[5] The teenaged seers reported that the Virgin asked everyone to pray to prevent a terrible war. In the vision of August 19, 1982, they all reported seeing violence, dismembered corpses, and destruction.

The longest series of visions were attributed to Alphonsine Mumureke, who had received the initial vision shortly after her admittance into Kibeho High School in October 1981 after her primary education, and the last on November 28, 1989. Anathalie Mukamazimpaka was the next one to have visions, which lasted from January 1982 to December 3, 1983. These emphasised endless prayer and expiation, with the Virgin even instructing Mukamazimpaka to perform penances through mortification of the flesh. Marie Claire Mukangango, who had initially bullied Mumureke at school because of the visions, herself experienced apparitions which lasted from March 2 to September 15, 1982. The Virgin told Mukangango that people should pray the Chaplet of the Seven Sorrows to obtain the favor of repentance.