Children Should Not Fight Wars with Roméo A. Dallaire
May 8 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pmFree
In 1994, as force commander of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Rwanda, Lt. Gen. Roméo Dallaire confronted a weapon of war that he wasn’t trained to face: the coerced recruitment and use of children as soldiers.
The decorated Canadian Army officer discusses the experience and his subsequent founding of the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldier Initiative, which seeks to end the use of child soldiers through a security sector approach. It helps ensure that those who serve – from a nation’s military to police and peacekeepers – have the knowledge and tools to prevent children’s conscription into the military.
Dallaire served 37 years in the military and later was a Canadian Senator. He gained fame for attempts during his peacekeeping mission in Rwanda to stop the genocide that claimed more than 800,000 lives.
Please register at: http://www.kclibrary.org/signature-events/tragedy-child-soldier