A People Betrayed

The Role of the West in Rwanda’s Genocide

Linda Melvern

A People Betrayed

Linda Melvern

Distributed for Zed Books

288 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Paper $19.95 ISBN: 9781786995452 Published March 2019 For sale in North and South America only
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 UN Security Council failed miserably in its response.

In this classic of investigative journalism, Linda Melvern tells the compelling story of what really happened, revealing both the scale, speed, and intensity of the unfolding genocide, as well as exposing the governments and individuals who could have prevented what was happening, if they’d chosen to act. The book also tells the unrecognized heroism of those who stayed on during the genocide—from volunteer peacekeepers to courageous NGO workers.

Twenty-five years on from one of the darkest episodes in modern history, A People Betrayed is a shocking indictment of how Rwanda was ignored then and how today it is remembered in the West.
Review Quotes
William Schabas, former president, International Association of Genocide Scholars
A People Betrayed is a masterly and insightful reference for our understanding of international obligations in the prevention of genocide.”
Praise for the previous edition | Publishers Weekly
“Melvern gives a shocking portrait of calculated mass murder and Western inaction. Readers who were drawn to Philip Gourevitch's We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families or those with a special interest in ethnic strife, genocide or African affairs will want to read this disturbing account.”
Praise for the previous edition | New York Times
“Melvern offers a vivid picture of the role of Western nations in abetting, ignoring and allowing Rwanda's genocide.”
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