Authors: Eric Walters
, a former elementary-school teacher, has written over forty bestselling novels and has won numerous awards. He has received honours from the Canadian Library Association Book Awards and won UNESCO's international award for Literature in Service of Tolerance. He lives in Mississauga, Ontario.
LIEUTENANT GENERAL THE HONOURABLE ROMÃO DALLAIRE
(retired) was a professional Canadian soldier, serving as commander of the army and later as assistant deputy minister (Human Resources, Military). In 1993, he was appointed commander of the United Nations Observer MissionâUganda and Rwanda (UNOMUR) and the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR). His personal account of the 1994 Rwandan genocide,
Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda
, was published to critical acclaim and has become an international bestseller. He was summoned to the Canadian senate in March 2005. He also continues his role as a special adviser to the Canadian government on war-affected children and on the prohibition of small-arms distribution.
Also by Eric Walters from Penguin Canada
The Bully Boys
The Hydrofoil Mystery
Trapped in Ice
Camp X: Fool's Gold
Other books by Eric Walters
The True Story of Santa
I've Got an Idea
Death by Exposure
Â Tiger Town
Â Tiger in Trouble
Full Court Press
The Money Pit Mystery
Tiger by the Tail
War of the Eagles
Diamonds in the Rough
Stand Your Ground
WITH A FOREWORD BY ROMÃO DALLAIRE
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One death is a tragedy; a million is a statistic.
All that is required for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing.
I SERVED IN THE CANADIAN MILITARY
, as did my father before me. My father was a role model for me, perhaps a bit more stern than I would have liked, but nevertheless a man of high moral standards and example. Much of my success in life is due in no small measure to the values and principles he was able to instill in me. He was my mentor in “ways military,” explaining the code of military discipline and the conduct of a non-commissioned officer.
The story you are about to read is not about me, although there are similarities, but it is about a fictional soldier who has been through some of my experiences and many more. He represents a new type of veteran, released from his military family because he can no longer perform his military duties as a result of an injury sustained in operations. Had he suffered a physical injury, he would be accepted in society as an honourable veteran wounded in a foreign war, but this fellow has no visible injuries, so he is seen, as so many others like him, as just another failed soldier, gotten rid of because he is now damaged goods.
It is a case that unfortunately is far too close to reality. The author has captured the frustration of the injured soldier and society's indifference to both him and the
street people with whom he lives. In our rush to material success and its rewards, we are prone to stereotype people without pausing to consider the circumstances of the less fortunate and how we can help those who have become marginalized to find some semblance of a tolerable if not a rewarding life.
The worse offence is to fail to recognize these injured people as fellow humans in our wonderfully affluent society. To belittle their condition is unpardonable. We will be looked upon by history by the way we treated our wounded and downtrodden.
In this story, the reader will encounter characters who, over time, discover their own compassion toward those who are wounded. They may well be the heroes of our time.
Ottawa, October 2005
I TURNED THE COLLAR UP ON MY SKI JACKET
. The wind was bitterly cold and was blowing directly into my face. It was the first day of spring but it didn't feel like it. Instead it was just another cold day in an endless winter of cold, snowy days. At least it wasn't snowing right now. It was the coldest winter I could remember. My father told me there was one even worse twelve years ago but I was only three then and couldn't remember that far back.
I looked at my watch. It was almost ten to six. I had just over ten minutes to get there. It wasn't good to be late for a job interview. Then again, it was an interview for a
job. What was the worst that could happen? That I wouldn't get a job that didn't
that I didn't
to do to begin with?
Then I thought about what would happen if I didn't get the job. My civics teacher had made it clear that if I didn't get this job she wasn't arranging another interview for me. And she'd made it equally clear that if I didn't get a placement, I couldn't pass, and my father had already told me what would happen then. If I didn't get all of my credits there wasn't going to be any car for a birthday present.
My father had promised me a car when I turned sixteen. That was what his father had done for him and
what he'd said he was going to do for me. I didn't know what type, but he'd been hinting around about a BMW. It probably wouldn't be anything fancyâmaybe something in the 300 series. My father could afford to buy me a Beamer. He could afford to buy a
Beamers. Maybe he wasn't around that much but the money helped make up for that. Now, thinking about the car, the job interview had some real meaning. I doubled my pace.
As I walked I kept my head up, looking around. I didn't know the downtown very well at all. The times I'd come here were with my parents for hockey games, shows, or shopping and this certainly wasn't the part we'd been to. There were no theatres or fancy stores anywhere to be seen.
Instead the buildings were run-down and seemed to be limited to dollar stores, pawn shops, laundromats, and cheque cashing stores. A couple of the stores had boards over the glass, the boards plastered with posters and advertisements. Some of them even had curtains in the windowsâfailed retail had become street-level apartments.
The streets themselves were dirty and strewn with garbage. It was dreary and depressing. But that shouldn't have been any surprise to me. Where else would they put a soup kitchen to feed street people?
I shook my head. I still couldn't believe this. I was going to be doing my community hours at a soup kitchen. That sounded like something out of bad movie or a book by John Steinbeck. But I didn't have anybody to blame but myself. Why had I been so stupid? I hadn't bothered to read the information in the booklet listing all the volunteer jobs. I just saw the name of the programâ“The Club.” I thought
it sounded classy. I guess it did have class â¦ the lowest class possible. Then when my teacher told me what it really was, I couldn't back out. She'd already been on my case about how I was always taking the easiest route, how I always cut corners on assignments, and that I didn't take her class seriously. She was right. I didn't take her classâ or any classâseriously. She then went on to tell me how
she was by my choice and that maybe she'd
me. The truth was that she hadn't misjudged me.