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Number of Murders is Mind Boggling

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Number of Murders is Mind Boggling

What was going on continually was murder in unbelievable, mind boggling numbers. I know, you know, friends of mine who served in the second mission and there was at least fifty to a hundred thousand people were killed from say October of ‘94 to the spring of ‘95. And it was still going on. They would raid refugee camps and go in and kill people just to keep a grip on them. You know, to keep the country stirred up and frightened so that the UN did not appear to be in control and gaining control and getting things, you know, back to some semblance of humanity in the country. So the amount of murder that was going on the entire time was mind boggling, you know. There are cases right in Kigali. The UN was told to go to a church and pick up some kids and so a UN officer, a Canadian guy, he was the guy put in charge of that aspect. And he went over with an empty bus, say 40 seats on the bus. He was only allowed to take out 40 kids. So he went out and took out 40 kids, one little bum in each seat and took them away to a safe place, came back and when he got back to pick up the rest or forty more, forty kids had been taken out and hacked to death and laid out for him to witness. So the idea was every forty he took, they were going to kill forty so he just drove away with an empty bus, you know. There are dozens and dozens of stories and incidents like that that went on. That type of thing went on the entire time that we were there.

Mr. Deveau speaks about the number of murders going on in Rwanda and incidents of children being murdered for no reason.

Jerry Deveau

Mr. Jerry Deveau was born in Middleton, Nova Scotia on November 20, 1950. Looking for excitement, Mr. Deveau believed he was up for a reasonable challenge in life and decided to join the Canadian Forces. Mr. Deveau joined the Army and after going through a personnel selection unit held occupation of Combat Engineer. In 1990, Mr. Deveau participated in his first operational tour to Pakistan and in 1994 accepted another tour to Rwanda as Chief Warrant Officer. At the end of his military career, Mr. Deveau held rank of Major. Mr. Deveau became employed as a Peer Support Coordinator with the OSISS (Occupational Stress Injury Social Support) program, a federal government network that provides support for military personnel returning to civilian life. Mr. Deveau resides in Fredericton, New Brunswick with his family.

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Jerry Deveau
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