Former U.N. Commander in Rwanda Relates Attempts to Avert Genocide

November 2, 2011

Romeo Dallaire Disobeyed Orders to Withdraw His Forces and is Credited with Saving More than 30,000 Lives During the 1994 Rwandan Genocide.

A Canadian Senator and Retired Lieutenant-General, Dallaire Visits USC to Speak to Students and to Record His Testimonial of the Genocide for the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education.

WHAT: A presentation by Canadian Senator and retired Lieutenant-General Romeo Dallaire on his experiences as Force Commander of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Rwanda prior to and during the 1994 genocide, which took more than 800,000 lives in less than 100 days.

The author of two best-selling books, Dallaire will also describe his recent efforts to eradicate the use of child soldiers and to strengthen human rights in countries such as Sudan and Sierra Leone, and he will discuss the dangers of a world that values political and economic interests over its own humanity.

Dallaire will speak to students as part of Visions and Voices, the USC Arts and Humanities Initiative.

During his visit to USC, Dallaire will narrate his testimonial of the genocide to the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education, which is also hosting four Rwandan survivors and staff members of the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre on visiting fellowships.


    * Romeo Dallaire, Canadian senator and retired Lieutentant-General
    * Rwandan genocide survivors Diogene Mwizerwa, Paul Rukesha and Martin Niwenshuti

WHEN: 7-9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4.

WHERE: Bovard Auditorium in the center of USC’s University Park Campus. Free media parking with valid credentials. Enter through Entrance 5 at Jefferson Blvd. and McClintock Ave. Any television vans will need to park on 34th Street, a long block from the auditorium.

Contact: Karen Jungblut at (310) 895-0928 or; Carl Marziali at (213) 740-4751 or (213) 740-2215 or