Book Discussion on Shake Hands with the Devil: Rwanda

Jan 19, 2005


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Lt. General Dallaire (Ret.) talked about his book Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda, Carroll and Graf. He was the Force Commander of the United Nations Assistance Mission for .. Read More
Lt. General Dallaire (Ret.) talked about his book Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda, Carroll and Graf. He was the Force Commander of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda. While in his U.N. post in Rwanda in 1994, Lt. Gen. Dallaire and his limited number of troops witnessed the killing of more than 800,000 Rwandans in a period of a little over three months. The author talks about the under-equipped army he had with him and about how he had originally requested 5,000 troops in order to ensure order during the elections and oversee the safe return of Tutsi refugees. Upon returning to his native Canada, Lt. Gen. Dallaire served in various posts including assistant deputy minister in the Canadian Ministry of Defence. He also spent a great deal of time battling post-traumatic stress disorder and spoke openly about these battles. Following his remarks he answered questions from the audience.

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