Today's pic is a bit more journal, a bit less artistic.
First off, I'm in love with Romeo Dallaire. Years ago I read his first book, Shake Hands with the Devil, about the Rwandan genocide of 1994, and from there my love grew. He's a man worthy of respect. One of the few Canadians I actually view as a personal hero.
I've heard his speak a few times as well. Shortly after reading Shake Hands with the Devil, I learned he was coming to Red Deer (where I was living at the time) to do a talk. I HAD to be there. I was doing a large research paper on the Rwandan genocide for my International Relations course at the time, and it all just seemed to fit. And yet- he didn't speak about Rwanda. Well, he did, but only as a small example. Mostly he spoke about child soldiers. And he did so in such a way that it literally blew my mind. He approached the issue in a way I'd never heard of before. A few years later, I heard him speak again, and while the speech was different, the heart of it was the same. Child soldiers is one of the biggest problems facing our world.
I've recently read the book They Fight like Soldiers, They Die like Children by Romeo Dallaire. At the end of the book, he calls the readers to action to help stop the use of children as tools of war. He wrote about the Child Soldiers Initiative which he founded, and from there, my research into this movement grew.
So, being me, I joined. And I urge all of you to check it out and join too. They send you nifty fake dog tags! I got mine in the mail a few days ago, and had to post them up.