It almost felt like a dream when I heard my name on the list of people who were going for the 2016 USA tour. I of course was happy but also anxious. Anxious because I kept asking myself what it would feel like to spend two months away from home representing not only the iDebate team but the whole country in general.
My name is Isabane Muhumuliza Harmonie. I’m a senior six graduate getting ready to go to college. I joined iDebate in 2013 which was when my life as a debater truly started, and since then I have grown in my way of thinking, speaking and understanding things.
It was last January when I and four other people ( Angela, Bruce, Emma and Sharon) were selected to go for this year’s USA Tour, with the theme ” Voices from a post Genocide Generation”, and at first it all seemed easy to me considering the fact that I was born and raised in Rwanda only three years after the genocide. I thought that I would just go and talk about the Rwanda that I know but then as time passed and as we started reading different books and watching documentaries about Rwanda and its history that thought slowly faded away. I started to realize that being part of the post Genocide generation I had tons of unanswered questions and too many uncertainties; and from then on I spend my time digging through history and trying to find out the truth for my own.
We (the team) are currently reading Philip Gourevitch’s book titled ” We wish to inform you that tomorrow will be killed with our families” and this book is a true mine of information about Rwanda and its history. We are discovering things we had never thought of before and finding answers for all the questions that we were either too scared to ask or too ashamed of and we do hope inspire people with the story of Rwanda during the Tour.