Rwanda comes UN­done

NOW Magazine - Anniversary special - - Toronto Symphony Orchestra -

Canadian Gen­eral Roméo Dal­laire is as­signed com­mand of the 260-strong UN mission to Rwanda. He will find him­self caught in the mid­dle of a geno­cide that re­sults in the sys­tem­atic ex­ter­mi­na­tion of close to 1 mil­lion Tut­sis by the Hu­tus. Dal­laire begs for 2,000 more troops but is re­fused, and he and his sol­diers can do lit­tle more than watch. Af­ter­wards, Dal­laire, who is cred­ited with sav­ing 20,000 Tut­sis and re­ceives sev­eral pres­ti­gious medals, blames him­self for the UN’s fail­ures. He later re­calls the ex­pe­ri­ence in a book and doc­u­men­tary, Shake Hands With The Devil: The Jour­ney Of Roméo Dal­laire, and is fic­tion­al­ized as Nick Nolte’s char­ac­ter in the film Ho­tel Rwanda.

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