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Diary of the martyr Brother Miguel Ángel Isla, killed in Bugobe

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During the 14 months spent in the Nyamirangwe refugee camp (Aug. 1995 – Oct. 1996), Brother Miguel Ángel wrote in his agenda, with thorough and emerald handwriting, the events of life in the camp, as well as his own experiences, feelings and source of pain and hope. It was his diary.

These pages, now published by Edelvives thanks to the sponsorship of the Province Ibérica, are of a unique and exceptional value. It includes traces of a personal and collective history that Miguel Ángel wrote, with his feet in the mud, of a tragedy without limits: the immense suffering of thousands of people fleeing the Rwandan genocide.

And which was also a story signed with blood: that of his own and of his three community companions: Julio, Servando and Fernando, all of them Marist brothers, martyred on October 31, 1996.

Reading the diary of Miguel Ángel also leads us to understand the consequences of a love without limits. We discovered that the presence of Miguel Ángel and his companions among refugees of the camp was a fraternal presence, surrendering day by day.

We face a true love story, lived with passion for truth and justice, without compromise. 

A story that shakes.

Four Marist Brothers had the courage to side with the victims and run the same fate. They took fraternal love to its ultimate consequences. Through the pages of his diary, Miguel Ángel infects us the courage and audacity so each of us continues adding pages to this same love story.     

This is what Br Emili Turú states in the foreword: This book will be released during the Year Montagne, the first of the three years of preparation for the Marist bicentenary. Could we have a better example of what it means to commit to caring for the young Montagnes of today than the surrender of Miguel Ángel, Servando, Fernando and Julio?


SIN LÍMITES, Diary of the martyr Brother Miguel Ángel Isla, killed in Bugobe, Edelvives, 2015, 264 pages
To order, please contact the Secretariat of the Province Ibérica: secreprov@maristasiberica.es

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