See also: Dallaire
The Honourable Romeo A. Dallaire , C.D., O.C, C.M.M., G.O.Q, L.O.M., LL.D, M.Sc (born the June 25th 1946, Denekamp, Netherlands -) is a general Lieutenant Canadian (Lgén), having acted within a humane framework with the Rwanda. It wrote a book which reports the events that it lived whereas it was ordering of the Minuar, the force of UNO of maintenance of peace in Rwanda in 1994, during the genocide perpetrated by the extremists Hutu S against the moderate Tutsi S and Hutus. Its attempts to draw the attention of the International community to the crimes which were perpetrated in Rwanda remained dead letter, which he regretted and denounced on its return of Africa. Jacques-Roger Booh-Booh, chief of the Minuar of 1993 to 1994, draws up however a portrait minus flator of Romeo Dallaire. He shows the soldier, who was under his orders, to have betrayed the mission of UNO with Kigali and to have neglected the safety of Rwandan and that of the blue helmets. He affirms in addition that Dallaire directly took party in the conflict by supporting the rebels tutsi against the army Hutu.
BiographyRomeo Dallaire is the son of Romeo Louis Dallaire, a Canadian soldier, and of Catherine Vermeassen, a Dutch nurse. He passed his childhood to Montreal with his sister Juliette Dallaire who is now intervening youth with the French College of Longueuil.
He enlists in the Canadian Armée in 1964, where he obtains his patent of officer to the royal military Collège of Midsummer's Day in 1968.
Dallaire wrote a book about the events of Rwanda I tightened the hand of the devil . In April 2004, he testified in front of the International penal court for Rwanda against the colonel Théoneste Bagosora.
Its life after Rwanda
Of return to him, Dallaire was raised of its functions within the Canadian Armed forces, for medical reasons the April 22nd 2000. He suffered from the post-traumatic Trouble of stress. At the time of its retirement, it still held the rank of general lieutenant.
April 15th, 2000, he declares with the daily newspaper the Press : “I live the culpability of a commander who saw his mission of not leading to a success. I also live with this culpability with respect to the Rwandan ones to which one gave the hope of the success of their project of peaces and which, ultimement, were made massacre by looking us with eyes of incomprehension while we were impotent to do something. It is normal for a commander to raise questions, to say itself: " Perhaps that I argued, but I did not convince. Perhaps that I did not use good the méthodes." ”.
Moreover, on December 13rd, 2003, he declares in interview with the newspaper the duty: “Eight hundred and thousand people died in spring 1994, and nobody moved. Two thousand and nine hundred people disappeared in Manhattan on September 11th, 2001, and Bush mobilized the whole world. You see, I have evil with that. ”.
Blaming itself for the faults of its mission, it continued a long depression. The June 20th 2000, it is brought urgently to the hospital after being discovered on a bench of a park with Hull, Quebec. Poisoned and suffering of a reaction to its antidepressants, the event failed to plunge it in the coma. The history became national extensive and created a debate on the Règles of engagements which are imposed to the soldiers of UNO of maintenance of peace.
After the incident, Dallaire undertook to write its book and to take part in many conferences and conferences. It was on the way of the cure. It is also for this period which he admitted that during his depression, he tried Suicide R on several occasions.
It is one of the most decorated Canadian soldiers. He is Officier of the Ordre of Canada.
In Canada, Dallaire is regarded as a hero who tried of all his forces to stop the genocide and who could save at least some lives. In 2004, it was 16th on a list of the network CBC The Greatest Canadian (best Canadian), the best classification for a soldier.
The March 25th 2005, the Prime Minister Paul Martin names Dallaire with the Canadian Sénat. It sits as a liberal. Shortly after its nomination, Dallaire explained why its family contributes for a long time to the Liberal party of Canada and the Liberal party of Quebec since 1958.
His book I tightened the hand of the devil (2003) was adapted in a Documentaire: Shake Hands With the Devil: The Journey off Romeo Dallaire of Peter Raymont (2004). This film gained “2004 Sundance Film Festival Goes down for hearing Award for World Cinema - Documentary”. Its book is the subject also of an adaptation to the cinema, in a feature-length film of Roger Spottiswoode. Turning began mid-June 2006 with Kigali, Rwanda and Montreal, in English. Among the actors, one finds in particular the Québécois Roy Dupuis which interprets the Dallaire General. “Shake Hands with the Devil” is exit into the room on September 28th, 2007.
During the Québécois electoral campaign 2007, it gave an opinion in the daily newspaper montréalais the Press and on the television channel VAT to denounce the theses which it judges Négationniste S (in connection with the Génocide in Rwanda) of the journalist Robin Philpot, candidate of the Parti Québécois in Saint-Henri-Holy-Anne (see: Business Philpot).
- Official site
- Site of the senator Dallaire to the Senate of Canada
- federal political Experiment — Library of the Parliament
- official site of film I tightened the hand of the devil the film drawn from the book of the Lieutenant-General Romeo Dallaire.
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