Romeo Dallaire

How We Should Measure The Impact Of War On Children

Shelly Whitman | Posted 06.07.2016 | Canada Impact
Shelly Whitman

In our data driven world, numbers are key in terms of conveying the size of a problem or the intensity that we should pay attention to it. However, many of the world's most intractable problems continue to defy any systemic approaches to be easily counted. This is particularly accurate when assessing the effects of war on children.

Rwandan Genocide Is Being Repeated Right Now In Syria: Dallaire

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.31.2016 | Canada Politics

The retired general says the world needs a peace agreement with teeth.

Facing The Horror Of Child Soldiers

Shelly Whitman | Posted 03.09.2016 | Canada Politics
Shelly Whitman

Some 31,000 women are currently pregnant inside the Islamic State. These children born out of conflict will form the future ranks of the group. School curriculum is being altered and reshaped to support extremism and strict adherence to the Islamic State's view of religion and philosophy. Children are desensitized to violence and trained for combat from an early age. This presents a complex, yet vitally important, challenge for any nations engaged with the Islamic State.

Dallaire: ISIS Can't Be Defeated Without Child Soldier Strategy

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.16.2016 | Canada Politics

He says the terror group poses a more insidious problem than those in Africa.

Trudeau, Dallaire Give Harper Reality Check On Syrian Refugee Crisis

The Huffington Post Canada | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 09.15.2015 | Canada Politics

"The number one ingredient we need is political will."

Stephen Lewis, Romeo Dallaire Call For End To Sex Abuse By UN Employees

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.13.2016 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - An international coalition that includes the former Canadian UN ambassador Stephen Lewis and retired general and senator Romeo Dallaire launc...

Dallaire: Feds Failing To Help Veterans With PTSD

CBC | Posted 04.26.2015 | Canada Politics

Retired Lieutenant General and former Senator Roméo Dallaire says Veterans Affairs Canada isn't coming close to meeting the needs of veterans who suf...

Canadian Heroes List Features Some Of Tories' Biggest Rivals

CP | Dean Beeby, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.15.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canadians have handed the Harper government a Top 10 list of the country's greatest heroes, featuring some of the Conservative party's greate...

How Dallaire Relived Rwanda in Canada

Glen Pearson | Posted 08.02.2014 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

In ironic fashion, Romeo Dallaire was reliving the events of Rwanda, only on a less costly human scale. Sent to the Senate to bring intellectual rigor and disciplined experience, he was increasingly abandoned by a government that delighted more in waging domestic war in political ridings than in enhancing Canada's human rights and diplomatic record on the world's stage. He called for resources; they didn't arrive. He sought meetings with political elites; they didn't transpire. And when he ultimately called the government to account for its abandonment of Canada's diplomatic expertise in the world, he was ultimately abandoned and isolated

Dallaire Paid Back 'A Couple Thousand Bucks' In Expenses

CBC | Posted 07.31.2014 | Canada Politics

Senator Roméo Dallaire says he was asked to pay back “a couple thousand bucks” in expenses during his nine years in the upper chamber, but Dalla...

The Senate Loses One of Its Best as Romeo Dallaire Departs

Wayne K. Spear | Posted 07.29.2014 | Canada Politics
Wayne K. Spear

For reasons which are amply documented and well-known, as a Senator Romeo Dallaire committed himself to the most serious of issues: prevention of genocide, Post-traumatic stress disorder (or PTSD), child soldiers, conflict resolution and investigation into crimes against humanity. He is, in other words, a champion of causes that are for most politicians quagmires to be circumnavigated. The departure of Romeo Dallaire means that there will be one less serious, hard-working and principled member in the Upper Chamber.

Dallaire On When Spy Secrets And Bureaucracy Don't Mix

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.28.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A fear of sensitive leaks is not a good reason to scrap the idea of a full-fledged national security committee of parliamentarians, says Libe...

Dallaire Resigns

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.28.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA — Liberal Sen. Romeo Dallaire, a career soldier best known in Canada as former commander of the UN's ill-fated peacekeeping mission in Rwanda...

Dallaire Retiring From Senate

CBC | CBC News | Posted 05.28.2014 | Canada Politics

Liberal Senator Romeo Dallaire says he's retiring from the Senate. CBC News Network's Evan Solomon reports Dallaire is retiring because of a combin...

Dallaire: Complaints About Veterans Spending 'Pissing Me Off'

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.03.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - There are rumblings in the corridors of power on Parliament Hill that MPs have grown impatient with the cost burden imposed by Canada's milit...

Remembering Rwanda's Pain and the World's Shame

Ziyaad Mia | Posted 05.26.2014 | Canada Impact
Ziyaad Mia

In the annals of human evil, Rwanda's genocide takes a special place. With a kill rate of about six people a minute for more than three months, it's likely one of the fastest mass slaughters of humans in history. Most were hacked to death by machete, partly because the perpetrators found it cheaper than using bullets.

Romeo Dallaire: A Giant After Mandela

Dana Wagner | Posted 02.19.2014 | Canada Impact
Dana Wagner

Snapshots of Nelson Mandela continue to swell the collective, global memory as deeply personal tributes pour onto the web. In the Canadian psyche too, is the imprint of a giant. It happens to be another man who made news this month: Roméo Dallaire, the retired Lieutenant-General who witnessed genocide in Rwanda.

Romeo Dallaire Has Turned His Depression into Purpose

Glen Pearson | Posted 02.04.2014 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

When I read that Romeo Dallaire had been in a car accident on Parliament Hill just outside of East Block, I wondered if it was due to fatigue. I have never known him to be other than fully occupied and frequently exhausted in the course of his heavy schedule. Romeo has a lot more than just memories to fight. As he explained this week, he fights depression and remains medicated for PTSD. But he has turned his pain into a purpose, and in so doing he can get up every day.

Dallaire Crashes Car On Parliament Hill

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.02.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Sen. Romeo Dallaire nodded off at the wheel of his black BMW and crashed into a traffic barrier on Parliament Hill on Tuesday.The retired gen...

This November 11, Remember the Forgotten Child Soldiers

Lt.-Gen. Romeo Dallaire | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Lt.-Gen. Romeo Dallaire

This November we must also remember those child soldiers lost in battle. However, children rarely enter the conversation in this manner on Remembrance Day -- they are forgotten. The UN estimates that 250,000 children, boys and girls, are currently being used as child soldiers, we will never know how many of them have been killed or lost in battles.

For Remembrance Day, Stories of Soldiers, Children and Child Soliders

Patrick Reed | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Patrick Reed

General Romeo Dallaire was meeting with two child soldiers, Serge and Ajefi (age 16). Both had just escaped their armed rebel groups. Dallaire told them that during the Rwandan Genocide, "I faced one kid, who had an AK-47 stuffed nearly up my nose. And in his huge eyes, there was anger and horror and fear, and excitement."

Romeo Dallaire 'Embarrassed' Over Mix-Up With Anti-Semitic Group

CBC | Posted 10.26.2013 | Canada Politics

Senator Romeo Dallaire has pulled out of a speaking engagement organized by a fringe Catholic group accused of anti-Semitism, but his name is still be...

The Week in Review: Why Is a Canadian Hero on the Speakers' List for an "Anti-Semitic Conference"?

Marni Soupcoff | Posted 10.24.2013 | Canada
Marni Soupcoff

Senator Romeo Dallaire is currently listed as a speaker at a conference being held by an organization that the Southern Poverty Law Center calls "perhaps the single largest group of hard-core anti-Semites in North America." Other speakers at this event will include the president of the John Birch Society and a former professor who is slated "to explain satan's role in current human history." You don't have to agree with every position a group takes before agreeing to talk to them. But when a sitting senator is given high billing as a speaker to a divisive fringe group that was apparently too far right for William F. Buckley, there's reason to get riled up.

Roméo Dallaire's Fight to Make Child Soldiers an Oxymoron

Adam Moscoe | Posted 07.16.2013 | Canada Impact
Adam Moscoe

Fight Like Soldiers, Die Like Children humanizes the global struggle to end the use of children in armed conflict. Pushing aside the morass of international norms and NGO reports -- important and useful as they are -- Dallaire asks a simple yet harrowing question: how is it that we can go "apeshit" -- to use his word -- when our own children's rights are violated, but passively accept the reality of child soldiers throughout the world?

The Child Soldier Who Traded His Machete For a Pair of Scissors

Patrick Reed | Posted 06.29.2013 | Canada
Patrick Reed

Roméo Dallaire declared: "I need a haircut." We had heard that just down the street was a barber shop where the young man cutting hair was a former child soldier. He turned in his weapons, trading a machete (or panga) for scissors, and learned a new trade: "I used to be forced to cut limbs; now I cut hair."