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Children Should Not Fight Wars with Roméo A. Dallaire

May 8 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Free

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.

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Please register at: http://www.kclibrary.org/signature-events/tragedy-child-soldier

Photo credit: Romeo Dallaire meets with former child soldiers at a transit centre in Musanze, northern Rwanda in 2012. Most of the boys had escaped from the FDLR, a Hutu extremist militia operating in the anarchy of eastern Congo. (TORONTO STAR FILE PHOTO)

Organizers

United Nations Association of Greater Kansas City
Kansas City Public Library

Venue

Kansas City Public Library Central Branch
14 West 10th Street
Kansas City, MO 64105 United States
Phone:
816-701-3400
Website:
http://www.kclibrary.org/library-locations/central-library