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Awareness Times Editor Meets Former UN Head in Rwanda During the 1994 Genocide
Jun 14, 2017, 17:00
Tuesday June 13th 2017:
In Freetown, today at the Sierra Leone Police Headquarters I met Roméo Dallaire.
He is a retired Lieutenant-General. He led the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR) to help implement the Arusha accords, and also was head of the mission during the 1994 Genocide that claimed the lives of an estimated eight hundred thousand (800,000) Tutsis and moderate Hutus.
|Editor Abdul Malik posed with retired Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire- the head of United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR) during the 1994 Genocide.|
As a journalist here in Africa, I feel very much fulfilled to meet this great hero, who did what most of our colleagues turned away from.
In International Humanitarian Laws, the Rwanda genocide sets a new paradigm in journalism. It tribunal, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) was the very first in humanity for which journalists were indicted, tried and sentenced for War Crimes, Crimes against Humanity and Genocide.
However, it was Roméo Dallaire, who fought very hard to get the attention of the international communites to get themselves involved in stopping the spate of killings in Rwanda.
He was ordered by the UN to pullout all his troops, following the death of 10 Belgian soldiers during the early stages of the Genocide, but he rejected orders from his bosses in the UN, saying that he would not leave Rwanda, especially when he was seeing the Inferno of death that swept through small African nation.
He is the author of Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda and now he sits in the Senate of Canada.
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