A People Betrayed: The Role of the West in Rwanda's Genocide (Second Edition)

A People Betrayed: The Role of the West in Rwanda's Genocide (Second Edition)

By: Linda Melvern (author)Paperback

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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.

About Author

Linda Melvern, a British investigative journalist, has written regularly for the British press. For fifteen years she has investigated and written about the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. A consultant to the Military One prosecution team at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, (ICTR) her archive of documents on the planning and preparation of the genocide was a part of the documentary evidence used by the prosecution. She is an Honorary Professor in the Department of International Politics at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.


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, Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, 1948 Sources Acknowledgements Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781848132450
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 384
  • ID: 9781848132450
  • ISBN10: 184813245X
  • edition: Second Edition

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