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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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"It is my hope that through the pages of this remarkable book, you will discover groundbreaking thoughts on building partnerships and networks to enhance the global movement to end child soldiering; you will gain new and holistic insights on what constitutes a child soldier; you will learn more about girl soldiers, who have not been fully considered in the discussion of th ...more
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Published June 1st 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

Mar 22, 2012 Ashley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 16, 2013 Loraine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 01, 2014 Liz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 10, 2013 Mikey B. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: africa, canada, journalism
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
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
Jun 05, 2012 hilary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 03, 2012 Julia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Shonna Froebel
Nov 22, 2012 Shonna Froebel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: canadian
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
Dec 23, 2012 Suha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites, to-reread
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
Jan 05, 2011 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 03, 2012 Josh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 07, 2011 Jeff rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
An A+ high school research paper.
Jenna Waite
Jan 16, 2017 Jenna Waite rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The ONLY reason this received a 4 star is because I am too emotional to give such a sad book a 5 realistically, it deserves a 5 star.

An emotionally difficult read yet completely worth the time, Dallaire takes readers into a world that most of us forgets exists and cannot imagine to comprehend.

Dallaire, a Lieutenant-General in the Canadian Forces, discusses the horrors during his experiences as a peacekeeper during the Rwanda Genocide from 1993 to 1994. These experiences are what led Da
Anne Maesaka
Romeo Dallaire is a retired Lieutenant General of the Canadian Armed Forces. He was in charge of the UN Peacekeeping forces in the 1994 Rwandan Genocide. His first book Shake Hands with the Devil is an account of that mission in Rwanda. His first book is fabulous in my opinion. Showing the frustration of Lt. Dallaire in trying to keep civilians alive when his hands are tied by the U.N. This book looks at the use of child soldiers primarily in the African nations. Lt. Dallaire has now taken on t ...more
spike marlin
I liked this book in many ways. And I disliked it in other ways. First this book opened my eyes to the use of child soldiers in both rebel and government forces. This was something I was not aware was so prevalent. I particularly liked the chapters on How a child soldier is made and How a child soldier is trained and used. I also like some parts of the last chapter of What you can do. His plea to the youth of the world to take up the cause is both heart wrenching and necessary. The problem I see ...more
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
Apr 29, 2015 Cindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jan 30, 2014 Radiah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: current-affairs
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
Maria Elena
May 31, 2011 Maria Elena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 20, 2011 Carolyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
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
Jul 18, 2014 Jo Davies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ana-Maria Bujor
Mar 29, 2016 Ana-Maria Bujor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read this book a few months after "One day the soldiers came", which also presents the plight of child soldiers and children that suffer because of conflict. Although not at emotionally powerful as the other one (in my view), this book definitely has its merits. First of all the author - I highly respect his activity, work and moral stance and even appreciate his idealism, even though usually it annoys me in other people. He makes a point very well - first he shows the tragedy of both a chi ...more
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
Jun 28, 2012 Samantha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 02, 2015 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I know this book is important to bring light to the plight and healing of Child Soldiers and the author is very knowledgeable having been a Peacekeeper in Rwanda during the genocide, however, I couldn't wait to get this finished. I found it boring and mildly interesting which is too bad given the importance of the topic.
What he was able to bring to life was the stories he wrote from the perspective of the child soldier and another from the perspective from a soldier in the army protecting a vil
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
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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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