A People Betrayed (Paperback)

The Role of the West in Rwanda's Genocide

By Linda Melvern

Zed Books, 9781856498319, 288pp.

Publication Date: November 1, 2000

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In 1994 up to one million people were killed in Rwanda in a deliberate, public and political campaign. For five years, Linda Melvern has worked on the story of this great crime, and this book, a classic piece of investigative journalism, is the result. The new and startling information this book contains has the making of an international scandal. Melvern reveals how the great powers failed to heed the warnings of the coming catastrophe, andrefused to recognize the genocide when it began, ignoring obligations under international law, specifically the genocide convention. A set of secret documents leaked to the author from within the Security Council proves that the circumstances of the genocide were suppressed or ignored.

Praise For A People Betrayed: The Role of the West in Rwanda's Genocide

“...a wide-ranging account of the actions and inactions of shady arms dealers, inept bureaucrats, and cowardly politicians...” —The Washington Monthly

“...Melvern offers a vivid picture of the role of Western nations in abetting, ignoring and allowing Rwanda's genocide.” —New York Times Book Review