Lieutenant-General The Honorable Roméo Dallaire (Peter Bregg)
In "The Better Angels of Our Nature", Stephen Pinker presents 800 pages of multi-disciplinary research which suggest that we are actually living in an increasingly empathetic, reasonable, and humane world.
—Lt.-General Roméo Dallaire
After witnessing the genocide in Rwanda in 1994, Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire made it his life's mission to further human rights, especially in regards to the recruitment of child soldiers in war-torn countries.
On May 3, Dallaire will receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Winnipeg for his work. General Dallaire will be joined by Father Patrick Desbois who is also receiving an honorary doctorate for his work in confronting anti-Semitism.
SCENE asked Dallaire to recommend a book he thinks everyone should read:
For most Canadians, the militant violence of last month's Boston bombings was an anomaly. And to most Canadians it is inconceivable that similarly innocent bystanders, especially children, experience this kind of crude, misguided, and lethal hate-mongering in their daily lives.
Yet, in armed conflicts worldwide, there are currently hundreds of thousands of boys and girls recruited as child soldiers and forced to commit atrocities against friends, families and neighbours.
As we reflect on these horrors, we may find some inspiration by considering that our world may in fact be moving in a positive direction.