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Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda (2003)

av Roméo Dallaire

Andra författare: Brent Beardsley, Samantha Power (Förord)

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For the first time in the United States comes the tragic and profoundly important story of the legendary Canadian general who "watched as the devil took control of paradise on earth and fed on the blood of the people we were supposed to protect." When Roméo Dallaire was called on to serve as force commander of the UN Assistance Mission for Rwanda, he believed that his assignment was to help two warring parties achieve the peace they both wanted. Instead, he was exposed to the most barbarous and chaotic display of civil war and genocide in the past decade, observing in just one hundred days the killings of more than eight hundred thousand Rwandans. With only a few troops, his own ingenuity and courage to direct his efforts, Dallaire rescued thousands, but his call for more support from the world body fell on deaf ears. In Shake Hands with the Devil, General Dallaire recreates the awful history the world community chose to ignore. He also chronicles his own progression from confident Cold Warrior to devastated UN commander, and finally to retired general struggling painfully, and publicly, to overcome posttraumatic stress disorder--the highest-ranking officer ever to share such experiences with readers.… (mer)
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Very deep and impactful read, I had to stop reading as it was just too much. It was such a letdown in humanity that it impacted my own mood. Very well written, and you can feel the frustration he was facing in the midst of this humanitarian disaster. I hope this type of event never re-occurs. ( )
  sjh4255 | May 4, 2021 |
I wrote about it in my blog here. Please go there to read my notes. All I can add to what I wrote is that this is definitely a must-read. ( )
1 rösta bloodravenlib | Aug 17, 2020 |
Dallaire was a Canadian peacekeeper sent by the UN as commander of the peacekeeping effort in Rwanda a few months before the genocide in 1994. It was very interesting (and extremely frustrating at times) to read about what happened from this perspective. It was the perspective of the people on the ground who were trying with what (very) little resources they had (not nearly enough) to find peace in the country before the genocide and civil war broke out. ( )
  LibraryCin | Sep 9, 2018 |
"Serving in Rwanda in 1993 as a UN Force Commander, Lieutenant General Romeo
Dallaire and his small UN peacekeeping force found themselves abandoned by the
world's major powers in a vortex of civil war and genocide. With meagre
resources to stem the killing, General Dallaire was witness to the murder of
800,000 Rwandans in a hundred days, and returned home broken, disillusioned and
suicidal. This book is his return to Rwanda: a searing book that is both an
eyewitness account of the failure of humanity to stoop the genocide, and the
story of General Dallaire's own struggle to find a measure of peace,
reconciliation and hope." --back cover
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  collectionmcc | Mar 6, 2018 |
I found this book very hard to read, not due to the gruesomeness of the events that occurred, but because this book is a very detailed account of Dallaire's mission to Rwanda, which began 9 months or so before the genocide begins. As such, there is a lot of things I found really boring...and frustrating. Frustrating for the most part because of the bureaucratic nonsense that Dallaire was up against every single day of the mission. This is worst than anything Kafka could have come up with.
The intro and first few chapters were really great. The next 2-300 pages I found difficult to get through, since nothing but bureaucratic headaches and dealing with idiots were occuring. The last 1-200 pages were really great, and the last chapter was fantastic. If not for the importance of this book, I would have given it 3/5 stars. ( )
  weberam2 | Nov 24, 2017 |
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To my family and the families of all those who served with me in Rwanda, with deepest gratitude
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May this book help inspire people around the globe to rise above national interest and self-interest to recognize humanity for what it really is: a panoply of human beings who, in their essence, are the same.
The police were protecting the soldiers who were there to protect law and order!
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For the first time in the United States comes the tragic and profoundly important story of the legendary Canadian general who "watched as the devil took control of paradise on earth and fed on the blood of the people we were supposed to protect." When Roméo Dallaire was called on to serve as force commander of the UN Assistance Mission for Rwanda, he believed that his assignment was to help two warring parties achieve the peace they both wanted. Instead, he was exposed to the most barbarous and chaotic display of civil war and genocide in the past decade, observing in just one hundred days the killings of more than eight hundred thousand Rwandans. With only a few troops, his own ingenuity and courage to direct his efforts, Dallaire rescued thousands, but his call for more support from the world body fell on deaf ears. In Shake Hands with the Devil, General Dallaire recreates the awful history the world community chose to ignore. He also chronicles his own progression from confident Cold Warrior to devastated UN commander, and finally to retired general struggling painfully, and publicly, to overcome posttraumatic stress disorder--the highest-ranking officer ever to share such experiences with readers.

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