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Romeo Dallaire

book cover image: Waiting for first light

Romeo Dallaire's autobiography Waiting for First Light : my ongoing battle with PTSD is a no-holds-barred self-portrait that tells the tale of his nights of torment battling despair and each subsequent new morning that  he faces with a renewed desire to make a difference in the world.  Struggling with PTSD (which led to his dismissal from the Canadian Forces in April 2000) Dellaire continues to inspire people to give their all to ending the horrors of genocide and eradicating the use of child soldiers.  He advocates for revolutionizing officer training to help soldiers better deal with modern conflict zones while rethinking how we even view the nature of conflict.  If this all sounds a bit dry, in Dellaire's hand it is far from being so.  Dallaire talks with passion and conviction and his memoir is deeply personal and very riveting.  From his previous works Shake hands with the Devil and They fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children to this new memoir Dallaire has the skill, knowledge, experience, insight and heartfeltedness to humble the most hardened. 

In late January 2016, just before the February 1, 2016 deadline, our native (Montreal) Lieutenant-General Romeo Dallaire was officially nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for 2016.  If awarded, Dallaire will be the first Canadian to receive this honour since Lester B. Pearson in 1957. 

Lets hope it is so.