CBC celebrates 75 years of War Coverage (Clip 18)


When Lt.-Gen. Roméo Dallaire arrived in the Rwandan capital of Kigali in October 1993 he had high hopes for what he believed would be a textbook case of peacekeeping. But as he prepared to help broker a shaky peace, Hutu extremists were secretly putting the pieces in place for a widespread massacre of their hated rivals, the Tutsis. More than 800,000 people were slaughtered in 100 days and in the middle of the horror was a Canadian peacekeeper whose efforts to avert the tragedy were thwarted by political apathy and incalculable evil. Michael Enright talked to Roméo Dallaire regularly as the situation in Rwanda deteriorated. Dallaire came home a broken man. In June of 2000 he spoke with him on the program This Morning.

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