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Last month, while in East Africa for interviews about higher education — watch out for our Spotlight on the topic later this month — I picked up a book from the handful of English titles stocked by the hotel. It was a personal account of child soldiers by the Canadian senator, humanitarian, author and retired general, Roméo Dallaire.

His first-hand experience of child soldiers in Rwanda while part of a peacekeeping force in 1994 left him “broken … disillusioned, suicidal”, as the book’s back-cover blurb tells it. They fight like soldiers, they die like children, published in 2010, picks up on developments after Dallaire’s gradual recovery. Read more