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solitary, tortured nobility of Romeo Dallaire
|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.
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