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Romeo Dallaire


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Retired general says world needs "statesmen"
CBC News

UN general's Rwandan nightmares

The solitary, tortured nobility of Romeo Dallaire
Ottawa Citizen

Death and Duty
Must read see/read 
CBC documentary

History repeats itself at UN
Toronto Free Press


who, as the former head of the U.N. Peacekeeping Force witnessed unspeakable horrors in Rwanda, as extremist Hutus massacred over 800,000 Tutsis and Hutus in the space of a few days in 1994.  General Romeo Dallaire did everything he could, pleading for 2000 more peacekeepers to be added to his insufficiently equipped 3000 man force. If they had answered Gen. Dallaire's pleas, the U.N. could have stopped the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of Rwandans.  instead, following the deaths of 10 Belgian Peacekeepers assigned to protect the President, his forces were cut down from 3000 to a mere 500 men, who had to watch as one of the most horrible genocides in human history took place before their very eyes.  Gen. Romeo Dallaire, frustrated, and disheartened by the U.N.'s passive attitude, nonetheless stood for his beliefs, repeatedly confronting his superiors who did nothing to prevent the horrific events from unfolding. 

In 2002, he was honored as the first recipient of the Aegis Trust Award.

Romeo Dallaire is now working on the problem of war-affected children, and  has visited countries where children are used as soldiers or are being sold into sexual slavery.

Shake Hands with the Devil
by Romeo Dallaire


We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda
by Philip Gourevitch



A People Betrayed
: The Role of the West in Rwanda's Genocide
by Linda Melvern


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