About the Author

Roméo Dallaire


General Roméo Dallaire was the Canadian in charge of the United Nations peacekeeping mission during the Rwandan genocide in 1994, ostensibly charged with ensuring that Rwanda didn't become the living hell it did. Underequipped, besieged by conflicting demands, ignored by the UN Security Council, General Dallaire and his soldiers watched as the violence escalated to a murderous frenzy. Even years after the massacre, he demonstrated the human toll exacted on those forced by bureaucracy and poor equipment to simply watch as thousands were butchered daily, an experience he and his personal staff officer, Major Brent Beardsley, wrote about in Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda.