About Gen. Roméo Dallaire
General Roméo Dallaire from Canada was the commander of the United Nations peacekeeping force for Rwanda deployed in late 1993 as part of a peace accord between the Rwandan government and the rebel Rwandan Patriotic Front.
When the violence began in April 1994, the UN Security Council reduced Dallaire's force from 2,700 to 270 soldiers. Without international support, Dallaire and his troops had to make wrenching decisions about where they could go and whom they could protect.
Nonetheless, Dallaire and his force saved the lives of an estimated 25,000 people.
In fall 1994, Dallaire returned to Canada, traumatized by his experiences in Rwanda. He eventually began to speak about what he saw, testified at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda against alleged perpetrators, authored a book on the genocide, and became involved in Canadian politics. He has become an advocate on the issues of response to genocide, child soldiers, conflict resolution, and post-traumatic stress disorder.