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Romeo Dallaire is a hero and a survivor. He has seen evil, most of us can't imagine... and confronted demons, most of us will never know. Back in the mid 90's he led the United Nations mission in Rwanda - and desperately tried to stop the genocide there. Problem is, no one listened. And when it was over more than 800 thousand people were killed.
The horror nearly destroyed Dallaire. And when he came home, he was a broken man - suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and haunted by guilt and regret. But over time, Dallaire started to come to terms with it all. Part of the healing was a book - 'Shake Hands With The Devil.' It won the Governor General's Literary Award, was made into an Emmy-award winning documentary, and a feature film.
But perhaps most importantly, it was entered into evidence at the Rwandan war crimes tribunal. Along the way, Dallaire left the Canadian forces, was made an Officer of the Order of Canada, and appointed to the Senate.
But he's never stopped fighting for peace and human rights. And now, he has a new mission: to stop the use of child soldiers. He lays it all out in his latest book... 'They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children.'