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

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

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By (author) Linda Melvern

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  • Publisher: ZED BOOKS LTD
  • Format: Paperback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 211mm x 23mm | 454g
  • Publication date: 1 September 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 184813245X
  • ISBN 13: 9781848132450
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: maps
  • Sales rank: 348,463

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Events in Rwanda in 1994 mark a landmark in the history of modern genocide. Up to one million people were killed in a planned public and political campaign. In the face of indisputable evidence, the Security Council of the United Nations failed to respond. In this classic of investigative journalism, Linda Melvern tells the compelling story of what happened. She holds governments to account, showing how individuals could have prevented what was happening and didn't do so. The book also reveals the unrecognised heroism of those who stayed on during the genocide, volunteer peacekeepers and those who ran emergency medical care. Fifteen years on, this new edition examines the ongoing impact of the 1948 Genocide Convention and the shock waves Rwanda caused around the world. Based on fresh interviews with key players and newly-released documents, "A People Betrayed" is a shocking indictment of the way Rwanda is and was forgotten and how today it is remembered in the West.

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Author information

Linda Melvern is a widely published investigative journalist and author. She is an Honorary Professor in the Department of International Politics, University of Wales, Aberystwyth. A consultant to the Military One prosecution team at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, part of her archive of documents is used to show the planning and progress of the 1994 genocide. She has written six non-fiction books and is widely published in the British press and academic journals.

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Praise for the first edition: 'Melvern offers a vivid picture of the role of Western nations in abetting, ignoring and allowing Rwanda's genocide.' - New York Times Book Review 'Linda Melvern has written a compelling description of the most dramatic aspects of the genocide.' - Astri Suhrke, International Affairs 'Lifts the lid on the international community's failure to prevent the genocide. Outlines how the slaughter was aided and abetted by international indifference, loans and weapons deals' - Geoff Cumming, New Zealand News 'Quite extraordinary: precise, and yet overwhelming; a fine balance in the face of depravity... Linda Melvern has written an extraordinary account of the Rwanda genocide, and the shocking failure of the West to lift a finger... What Melvern demonstrates so powerfully is that where Western geopolitical interests are absent, Western morality and 'civilised' concerns are nowhere to be found ... A brave and compelling book.' - Richard Falk, Princeton University 'The best overall account of the background to the genocide, and the failure to prevent it...the investigation is hers, and hers alone. She discovered so much that we did not know.' - Lt-.General Romeo Dallaire, Force Commander, UN Assistance Mission for Rwanda, (UNAMIR) 1994 'This is a devastating account of lies, deceit, complacency and tragic neglect... Linda Melvern deserves our thanks for investing so much in breaking the silence and revealing the truth.' - Glenys Kinnock, MEP

Table of contents

Abbreviations Preface to the Second Edition 1. Genocide, April 1994 2. The Past is Prologue: Rwanda 1894-1973 3. The Involvement of France, Egypt and Uganda 4. Akazu: The Oligarchy Ruling Rwanda 5. Peace in Rwanda? The Arusha Accords 6. Preparing the Genocide 7. The Hate Radio: Radio-Television Libre des Mille Collines 8. The New World Order and High Hopes for a UN Success 9. Peacekeepers: The UN Arrives 10. Peacekeepers in Trouble: February-April 1994 11. The UN Security Council: 5 April 1994 12. Four Days in Kigali: 6-9 April 1994 13. The Genocide Exposed 14. The Secret Meanings of the Security Council 15. Genocide Spreads 16. The World Shuts the Door 17. For Valour 18. Starting from Zero: 18 July 1994 19. The Genocide Convention Chronology Appendix 1 Appendix 2 Sources Acknowledgements Index