Thursday, March 16, 2006

Last night I watched a very touching documentary on Rwanda. It was centred on Romeo Dallaire's period spent in the country and followed him as he went back, ten years after the massacre....from an extract I found...

"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."

More of his story here...

If only the world listened to this man's pleas! So here is to him!


Anonymous ngethustar said...

Very touching...and sad, isnt it, that after they told us 'never again' some of us look at Darfur and see Rwanda.

I guess its cos we 'are not even niggers [we] are Africans' (hotel rwanda)

5:21 PM  
Blogger Brother Jero (BJ) said...

Hey fab, so what will you be watching tonight. I will be checking on that link later. CHeck my story too, craxzy.

9:57 PM  
Blogger Prousette said...

We need more Dallaires in the world, it would be a much better place.

6:32 PM  

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