Roméo Dallaire is a Canadian senator and retired Canadian Army lieutenant-general.
A devoted humanitarian, Dallaire is president of the Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire Foundation; founder of the Child Soldiers Initiative, a project aimed at eradicating the use of child soldiers; an outspoken advocate for human rights, particularly those of war-affected children, women, the Canadian First Nations and military veterans; a respected champion of genocide prevention initiatives, the Responsibility to Protect doctrine and nuclear non-proliferation; as well as a best-selling author.
Throughout his distinguished military career, Dallaire served in staff, training and command positions throughout North America, Europe and Africa, rising in rank from army cadet in 1960 to lieutenant-general in 1998.
was appointed force commander of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Rwanda, prior to and during the 1994 genocide. In this capacity, he provided the United Nations with information about the planned massacre, yet permission to intervene was denied, and the United Nations withdrew its peacekeeping forces.
Dallaire, along with a small contingent of Ghanaian soldiers and military
observers, disobeyed the command to withdraw and remained in Rwanda to protect those who sought refuge with the United Nations’ forces
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