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They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children: The Global Quest to Eradicate the Use of Child Soldiers

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As the leader of the ill-fated United Nations peacekeeping force in Rwanda, Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire came face-to-face with the horrifying reality of child soldiers during the genocide of 1994. Since then the incidence of child soldiers has proliferated in conflicts around the world: they are cheap, plentiful, expendable, with an incredible capacity, once drugged ...more
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Published May 24th 2011 by Walker Books (first published October 26th 2010)
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I picked up this book on a whim while I was at the library one day. It was an amazing book that packed such a powerful message. You can tell that Dallaire has been quite affected by what he witnessed in Rwanda. Unlike so many others, Dallaire uses his anguish for the better and has begun a campaign to eradicate the use of child soldiers. He introduces the reader to the methods used by armies and militias to collect children and indoctrinate them into a combat role. While society normally views c

I read Shake Hands With the Devil a few years ago after we learned about the Rwandan genocide in social studies. I enjoyed it but most of it seemed very political from what I remember and hard to comprehend. Recently Romeo Dallaire came to our school and spoke about the genocide, child soldiers, and how the new generation has to make a difference. This is a great book if you're interested in helping change the lives of those currently living in poverty in Africa, and his methods of how to eradic ...more
This book goes beyond calling attention to the plight of child soldiers as victims. What I learned, and what I want to remember is this:
The use of child soldiers is a weapons system where the child is only the most obvious victim. As a weapons system, it is as destructive to humanity as land mines and chemical weapons. In the same way that the world has moved to condemn and eradicate the use of these two, we must do the same with the use of child soldiers. As with slavery, apartheid, civil right
They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children is a book with a special personal connection for me. I received this book through a book signing at Politics and Prose in Washington DC, where I had the privilege to hear Romeo Dallaire speak about his experiences in Rwanda and in developing this project. As a conflict resolution student, I studied the Rwandan genocide and reconstruction, and was very familiar with Mr. Dallaire’s outreach efforts in promoting post-conflict sustainable peacemaking. ...more
Mikey B.
An exacting, but depressing account, of the use of children as soldiers in military combat. Mr. Dallaire describes the recruitment phase – why child soldiers are used and the extreme brutality that they undergo.

Mr. Dallaire makes a strong point that once a child soldier “has been made” the damage done to he or she will never be undone. Remoulding an ex-child soldier to adjust back into society will be long-term work and involve excruciating psychological restructuring of the former child.

Mr. Dal
Shonna Froebel
Stayed up late last night to finish this one as there is a waiting list for it at work. It is a heavy subject, but a very readable book. Dallaire writes in a very conversational style and the book is written like it is speaking to you directly. There are three sections where he has included a fictional child soldier and fictional UN peacekeeper to help show the feelings, and reality of the experiences.
He talks about the situations that create child soldiers, the community repercussions, the inte
Doriana Bisegna
While this was a heavy subject and a very concerning one, I was totally immersed in Romeo Dallaire's crusade against child soldiers! It is hard to believe what goes on in the world but it is all too real and beyond anyone's comprehension. By countries banding together and by individuals standing up for children's lives and rights to have a childhood will we eradicate this senseless practice in these underdeveloped nations. This should not exist in the world and the fact that it does shows that w ...more
This book was first I've read which used sections of fiction to bring to life the facts and history that make up the majority of the book. For two chapters Dellaire writes from the perspective of a child soldier, inventing an entire history of child including the names of family members and a vivid description of a first time experimenting with drugs. I think it was a thoughtful tool given the audience Dellaire is trying to speak to (namely anyone not already involved in action against the use o ...more
Jo Davies
As much as I respect L.General Dallaire as a humanitarian, I found this book a bit of a slog at the beginning. Smartly, Dallaire breaks up the factual chapters with fictionalized ones of child soldiers and an army officer, to better illustrate the horrendous nature of the use of child soldiers in combat. I suspect I've become numb to shocking descriptions after reading his book on the Rwandan genocide, but it wasn't as moving as I thought it would be. I found the factual chapters and the story o ...more
I'm about half way through this book. I want to keep on top of what Romeo Dallaire is doing, since he's a bit of a hero of mine. So far it's good; can't read too much of it at once, because it is hard on the psyche. He has included what I think is a very effective fictionalized account of a child soldier's life. I like that this is a former military general writing fiction about a little boy! What a lovely man.
The author made some interesting points and presented child soldiers in a new way, and also had a chapter written toward young readers, advising them how they can help with the situation.
However it was extremely repetitive... it could have been cut in half and delivered the same message, but considering he's a peacekeeper and not an author, I'd say he did a great job at presenting a horrifying reality.
Why do I always kick off the new year on a downer?

I hate to say it, but I kind of wimped out on this one after the first-hand account of being a child soldier (which is fictional but a composite of what I suspect it is like). I skimmed through the rest. Still, I'm convinced that this is a big problem that is for the most part ignored. Dallaire's experiences in Rwanda seem completely horrific.
I picked up this book at the library after reading the excerpt on the back stating that child soldiers should not be viewed strictly as victims, but as a weapon system. It aroused feelings of discomfort, and I decided to borrow it and read what a former UN-peacekeeping officer has to say.

He obviously was affected deeply by what he saw in Rwanda - children being used as weapons of genocide, and in the book he describes his experience and a little of the background history of child soldiers. Throu
This book could be better with some more serious editing work and a little more attention to prose in the fiction chapters. At the end of the day it's not a huge detractor: Dallaire's strength is in his experiences and his knowledge, I can suffer his writing style.
An A+ high school research paper.
Romeo Dallaire's passion and expertise is so incredibly evident in this book. His humanitarian heart mixed with his military background provides a unique look at the issue of child soldiers. It took me quite a while to soak up this book. I didn't find the writing to be filled with unnecessary jargon, but the rawness and sincerity of his writing was a lot to take in; I could only read about a chapter at a time and over a long period of time.

It would benefit me to regularly re-read his last chapt
Romeo Dallaire was the commander of the UN Peacekeeping Mission in Rwanda in 1994. He witnessed the genocide of 800,000 Rwandans in the ethnic conflict between Hutus and Tutsi. His experiences spurred him into becoming an advocate for genocide prevention and for the eradication of child soldiers in conflicts around the world. His first experiences with child soldiers began during his tenure in the African Great Lakes region. In this book, he also mentions other areas with prevalent use of child ...more
Toni Osborne

L.Gen. the Hon. Roméo Dallaire (Ret’d), was the commander of the UN mission to Rwanda, there he experienced first-hand the horrors committed during the 1994 genocide. In his memoirs “Shakes Hands with the Devil”, he highly criticised and exposed the failures of the international community. Mr. Dallaire is known to be a strong humanitarian, an advocate of human rights and has dedicated his life to the cause for which he has been recognized and has received numerous awards.

In his second book, he r
This book has left me utterly confused and baffled.
If there's any stance I was 100% sure of, it's my stance against international intervention. "Stop interfering! Let people solve their own problems." These kinds of statements were my first reaction when encountering books/movies/news reports about African issues written by foreigners (i.e White people).
But after reading this I'm really not sure what I think anymore.

The book has made it obvious that the prevention of child soldiers, that fightin
Krys (Black & Write Reviews)
“We [the international community] do not have a choice about whether or not to intervene; we have a fundamental responsibility to humanity to intervene ’in extremis’, even with force.”

After reading “A Long Way Gone” by Ishmael Beah, I became increasingly interested in the topic of the use and abuse of children as soldiers, and reading further into the eradication of this inhumane treatment of innocence. The glory of working in a book store is that anything will and can catch your eye while you’r
"They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children: The Global Quest to Eradicate the Use of Child Soldiers","Romeo Dallaire"

"This was a compelling book which explained the recruitment and use of child soldiers in detail, and the horror of not only their victims but the life many child soldiers are forced to live. Physical and psychological abuse and drugs are frequently used to keep them in line, and describes the effects on their former communities. He also tells about the fate of girls abduct
Maria Elena
Retired Lieutenant-General Roméo A. Dallaire gives a detailed description of the issues governments and NGOs face as they try to stop the use of child soldiers in conflicts around the world. Thanks to his military background and his first-hand experience with child soldiers during the Rwandan genocide, Lt-General Dallaire is able to give a clear account on how and why children are used in armed conflict. He says candidly that the key to stopping this epidemic of child soldiers is prevention as h ...more
Scott Thomson
I was torn with this read. On one hand it was so interesting and important. On the other hand I'm a father of a child the same age as these kids talked about in the book and it became way too much for me to handle. I had to stop reading half way through or I thought that I would lose my sanity.
It should be one book that any politician is forced to read before they get into a position of power.
Matthew Barlow
This is a heartbreaking book. Dallaire's account of the suffering of the world's child soldiers sickens your stomach and makes it clear why he suffers from PTSD. Having heard him speak in person I can attest to the pain that comes through in in voice and his writing. I would not hesitate to ever read any of his works.
Oct 29, 2014 DonnaM rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who cares about humanity surviving
Recommended to DonnaM by: no one.
In this book Mr. Dallaire clearly shows how decades of western nations' reluctance, even to the point of refusal, to act is leading us to the brink of losing all hope for humanity. Blatant inaction was the fertilizer for the vile evils to which the world now battles against. So insidious and contagious that our very own youth are not immune to it's lure.
I really enjoyed this book. It was well written and engaging; eye-opening doesn't even begin to describe it.

I just found that it was written more like an essay or report rather than a informative history lesson. Dallaire often repeated himself, which for some parts was helpful, other times annoying. Near the end I was feeling more like he was drawing it out and trying to fill the pages.

Within the first couple pages I was hooked, and my heart was already in for the cause; but I felt that Dallair
Dallaire's book is very informative and interesting. I appreciated the new spin he brought to the issue of child soldiers, seeing them as a weapon that must be eradicated and disarmed. I thought the middle of the book was where Dallaire's writing was at its best. The beginning was a little slow and the ending, where Dallaire makes his call (to young Westerners) for action, was a little long and repetitive. I really liked the fictitious accounts and perspectives of the child soldier and the UN pe ...more
I just recently went to a conference where Sen. Dallaire spoke on this topic. It was wonderful to hear some of the things he also included in the book. I enjoyed the information, detail, and emotional projection of the book. However, I found that there was a lot of redundancy. It seemed to be an effort to really emphasize some points, but they took up too much space and weighed the rest of the book down. I also would have liked it if Sen. Dallaire could have included some citations for some of t ...more
I am still struck by Dallaire's positivity and sense of hope after the horrors he witnessed in the Rwandan genocide. This is a book that I think everyone must read.
Dallaire takes the reader on a journey to first explain the world and motives of child soldiers and then lays out a series of actions that we can take to help heal these children and integrate them back into their communities. He also proposes that we focus our energies on clamping down on the individuals, governments and armies who use children as strategic tactics of war. Dallaire's demonstration of strength and moral character during the Rwandan genocide has inspired a generation. He has turn ...more
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Lieutenant-General The Honourable Roméo A. Dallaire, O.C., C.M.M., G.O.C, M.S.C., C.D., (Retired), Senator, has had a distinguished career in the Canadian military, achieving the rank of Lieutenant-General and becoming Assistant Deputy Minister (Human Resources) in the Department of National Defence in 1998. In 1994, General Dallaire commanded the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAM ...more
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