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Transcript of Romeo Dallaire
was there, the country was in the midst of negotiating a peace agreement to end the vicious civil war between the government and a rebel force called the Rwandese Patriotic Front (RPF) that had lasted two and a half years. The Genocide The genocide happened in April of 1994 and lasted 100 days. During this time, 800, 000 Rwandan citizens were brutally murdered, with about 10, 000 killed each day. 400 killed every hour. And 7 killed every minute. In 1993, Romeo Dallaire and his small UN peace-keeping force were stationed in Rwanda to protect the citizens of the country, bring relief supplies of aid and food, and help establish a cease fire in the conflict. After a couple of weeks on the job, Dallaire realized that he was going to need more money, forces, and supplies. He confronted the UN several times, but he rarely got an answer. After the genocide, Dallaire quit the army and returned home. He was pained and heart-broken. Dallaire suffered from severe post-traumatic stress disorder and tried to take his own life several times. A friend of his, who experienced the genocide as well, did commit suicide, which negatively affected Dallaire as well. Dallaire blamed himself for the genocide. In an interview with CBC news, he said “I failed yes. The mission failed. They died by the thousands, hundreds of thousands. That’s why my book is subtitled The Failure of Humanity. “If people see this footage, they’ll say “Oh my god, that’s horrible,” and then go and eat their dinners.” Hotel Rwanda In reaction to the genocide, Canada enacted the Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act to punish people living in Canada who are accused of war crimes. The first person that was tried under this act was a man who participated in the Rwandan genocide and was charged with raping Rwandan women and slaughtering Rwandan men with a machete. "Almost 50 years to the day that my father and father in law helped to liberate Europe- when the extermination camps were uncovered and when, in one voice, humanity said, "Never Again"- we once again sat back and permitted this unspeakable horror to occur. The genocide in Rwanda was a failure of humanity that could easily happen again." Romeo Dallaire