May 25th, 2009
Born to a Canadian soldier family in 1946 in the Netherlands, Dallaire joined the Canadian army cadets at 14, and attended le Collège militaire royal de St Jean and Royal Military College in Kingston. A decorated Lieutenant General, Dallaire served 35 years with the Canadian Armed Forces. His best-selling book, Shake Hands With the Devil, is a stirring account of his experience as the Force Commander of the United Nations Assistance Mission to Rwanda, which exposes the failures of the international community to stop the worst genocide in the 20th century. The book was released as a full-length feature film Shake Hands With the Devil — The Journey of Roméo Dallaire and won the Emmy Award for Best Documentary in 2007.