To the Unknown Helper #9: Reflections on Mahler

For the sake of the children and our future – Lt. Gen. Roméo Dallaire, Canadian Army, UNPROFOR Rwanda 1994

The tropic sun shines down without mercy
No mercy is on tap today for the people
The smallest and most beautiful get on the lorry
In limited shelter of the catholic church’s steeple.
They don’t count, so I don’t count
If they can stand it so can I.
Play it again, Sam, history repeats itself
And all I have is an unloaded rifle, a camera and an eye.
And after they had left, in the buses that were blue
I had to have a beer in the lowest sort of place,
With the rest of the hoodlums, the international crew
Who constitute in spite of ourselves an underfunded grace.
We’re almost out of peanut butter but we do have beer
The memory of that stern teacher is very very clear

“Study for To the Unknown Helper 4 July 2010”, EGN: pencil, pen, ink and wash, enhanced using Windows Picture Manager, retouched (hand correction) using Gimp 4.6

Lt. General Roméo Dallaire, Shake Hands with the Devil: the Failure of Humanity in Rwanda. Arrow, 2003.


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