[QODLink]
Africa

UN man strives to prevent repeat of Rwanda

Romeo Dallaire warned of a genocide in Rwanda but was ignored. Now he wants to ensure those errors will not be repeated.

Last updated: 16 Jan 2014 11:35
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback

The man who first warned the international community of the impending genocide in Rwanda is now fighting to ensure it never happens again.

Romeo Dallaire was the UN's Commander in Rwanda twenty years ago. His warnings were ignored and 800,000 people were slaughtered when Hutus slaughtered their Tutsi rivals.

A lot has changed at the UN since the Rwandan genocide. Soldiers can be deployed more quickly and member states have accepted that the international community has a responsibility to protect people from mass atrocities when their own government will not.

But as violence in South Sudan, the Central African Republic and Syria shows, the UN can not do much without the political will of member states.

Al Jazeera's Kristen Saloomey reports from the UN's headquarters in New York.

128

Source:
Al Jazeera
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
Your chance to be an investigative journalist in Al Jazeera’s new interactive game.
An innovative rehabilitation programme offers Danish fighters in Syria an escape route and help without prosecution.
Street tension between radical Muslims and Holland's hard right rises, as Islamic State anxiety grows.
Take an immersive look at the challenges facing the war-torn country as US troops begin their withdrawal.
Featured
Private citizens take initiative to help 'irregular' migrants, accusing governments of excessive focus on security.
Indonesia's cassava plantations are being killed by mealybugs, and thousands of wasps will be released to stop them.
Violence in Ain al-Arab has prompted many Kurdish Syrians to flee to Turkey, but others are returning to battle ISIL.
Unelected representatives quietly iron out logistics of massive TPP and TTIP deals among US, Europe, and Asia-Pacific.
Led by students concerned for their future with 'nothing to lose', it remains to be seen who will blink first.