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Dallaire testifies mefloquine drug impaired thought process in Rwanda


The Canadian army officer who led the UN peacekeeping mission during the Rwandan genocide says the antimalarial drug mefloquine affected his thought processes during his deployment but the military refused to let him stop taking it.

Roméo Dallaire, the human rights activist, retired lieutenant-general and former senator who speaks openly about his struggles with post-traumatic stress syndrome, told the Commons veterans affairs committee this week that mefloquine interferes with the ability to make quick decisions in military theatres.

“I was a year on mefloquine. About five months into it, I wrote to National Defence headquarters and I said this thing is affecting my ability to think. This thing is blowing my stomach apart. This thing is affecting my memory, and I want to get rid of it,” Mr. Dallaire told the committee.

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