Dallaire (b. 1946) is a Canadian humanitarian, author, retired senator, and general. Serving as commander of an undermanned UN peacekeeping force in Rwanda between 1993 and 1994, he attempted to stop the genocide that was being waged by Hutu extremists. The UN Security Council, United States, and other Western nations delayed or withheld support to General Dallaire, resulting in the violent murders of between 800,000 and 1,171,000 men, women, and children in 100 days. However, his actions are credited with directly saving the lives of 20,000 Tutsis and Hutus.
He is the founder of The Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative, a Senior Fellow at the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies, and Co-Director of the Will to Intervene Project. Senator Dallaire has worked to bring understanding of post-traumatic stress disorder to the general public. He pursues research on conflict resolution and the use of child soldiers. He has written extensively on conflict resolution, humanitarian assistance, and human rights.
His actions are included here as examples of virtuous human behavior.