We arrived in Oklahoma on a Sunday morning. After a long flight and an even longer cab ride, we arrived on the Oklahoma Christian University campus. We lodged in university apartments , where we also had lunch the same day. We didn’t do much on our first day because we were a bit tired. The same evening was when our new team leader, Eric Habineza, joined us from Texas and then had dinner and that was all for our first day.
The next day was much more fun because that was when we met our host from OC, John Osborne who is an amazing person. We had lunch together that day and went to his office after a small tour of the beautiful campus. Some members of the Rwandan community in OC came to pick us up to go bowling. Yes, that was fun. I like to think I had the highest score, although Eric beat our butts!
That night felt like the last supper, because it was literally the last day we spent with Amos on the tour. We went to bed in a not-so-great mood, because we’d wake up in the morning to see him off at the airport as he left for California in advance.
Awoken the next morning by Harmonie’s alarm, we all hopped into the van and accompanied Amos to the airport. We then decided to go to a theological philosophy class after lunch, but I have nothing to say about it because I was confused the whole time!
Fast forward to the next day, we had the debate. It was in a communications class, and it went very well. There was a good turn out of people who were in the classes we were in, professors and other random people. We debated on “in the aftermath of a genocide, forgiveness is more important than justice.” After the debate, we opened the floor for question and answer, then had a great interaction with many people who had showed up on the role of forgiveness and justice in the aftermath of the genocide against the Tutsi.
That was it for our presentations at OC. The day after that, we went to Oklahoma University in Norman. We met Andreana Prichard outside waiting for us in the cold. She then took us to her office to talk for a bit, and then in her class; Sex in African History. It was quite interesting because we didn’t know so much, so it was an opportunity for us to learn as well. The next class was Religion in African History, and we had an interesting conversation explaining the role of religion in Rwanda during the genocide against the Tutsi and after the genocide.
After the two classes we had a debate on the motion “In the aftermath of Genocide, Forgiveness is more important than Justice”. We formed two teams and debated against each other. I was with Bruce while Angela and Harmonie formed the other team, and we lost to them. That was our last presentation in Oklahoma.We had many questions come in and we were glad that we could interact with the students after that.
The day after that, we decided to treat ourselves. Some of us went to the movies while some others went to hang out with family.
The next day, we were off to Malibu, CA.