The true hell of this story is that Dallaire had warning of the impending slaughter and could not act to prevent it.
And so, Dallaire took no preventive action and watched the carnage helplessly, unable to save more than a handful of potential victims.
Months later, France did send an expedition to protect some of its past clients and the Rwandan faction that still rules the country today seized the capital. But even then, Dallaire was able to predict that the losing Rwandans pushed into the Congo would keep the region in chaos as long as they were not disarmed. Their raids and the responses of neighboring states set off the conflict in the eastern Congo that has killed some 3.8 million people in the years since. The world's major powers still prefer to look away from this human catastrophe.
Not surprisingly, after wading through bodies and having to conduct sham negotiations with murderers, Dallaire went home to Canada and broke down. The general attempted suicide, was discharged from the Canadian army with PTSD, and gradually recovered some grip with the help of medication and therapy. This book is his exhaustive chronicle of Rwanda's unimaginable horror.
Unfortunately, in his concern not to leave anything out, Dallaire buries the reader in military acronyms and rather colorless detail. He doesn't describe; rather he records in what reads as if it were a monotone, as if still reporting to his bureaucratic superiors. I would recommend this Mother Jones interview with the General if you are interested in Dallaire's unique insights into what happens when atrocities take place outside the rich world's sphere of interest. In that interview he is both thoughtful and blunt.
His present work involves trying to understand how international pressure can be mobilized effectively to overcome great power unwillingness to intervene to protect people in countries where they have no vital interests.
Part two discussing this book is here.