Tragedy of the Child Soldier

Roméo A. Dallaire
Retired Canadian Army Lt. Gen. Roméo Dallaire discusses his attempt to end the coerced recruitment and use of children as soldiers, an atrocity he confronted as force commander of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Rwanda in the 1990s.
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Reception: 
6pm
Program: 
6:30 pm
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. It seeks to end the use of child soldiers, ensuring that those who serve – from a nation’s military to police and peacekeepers – have the tools to prevent the conscription of children into the military.

Dallaire served 37 years in the military, and gained fame for his extraordinary – but ultimately unsuccessful – efforts to try to stop genocide in Rwanda.

Co-presented by the United Nations Association of Greater Kansas City and the Lawrence D. Starr Center for Peace and Justice at the University of St. Mary.