Roméo Dallaire was born in Denekamp, The Netherlands, in 1946. The retired general lieutenant spent thirty-six years serving in the Canadian army. As commander of the UN Blue Helmets in Rwanda in 1993 and 1994, he called in vain for a military UN mandate in order to stop the genocide. In 2003 he published ‘Shake Hands with the Devil’, a critical account of genocide.
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