A people betrayed the role of the west in rwandas genocide second linda melvern on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers 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. It took me two years because most of the books on the rwandan genocide solely focus on the genocide a people betrayed provides the very complicated intertwined back story of belgians colonization and more importantly thei there is a line in the movie hotel rwanda where someone asks who is funding the hutus and the response is the french. A people betrayed is a masterly and insightful reference for our understanding of international obligations in the prevention of genocide william schabas melvern offers a vivid picture of the role of western nations in abetting ignoring and allowing rwandas genocide. In rwanda in 1994 one million people were killed in a planned public and political campaign for six years linda melvern has worked on the story of this horrendous crime and this book a classic piece of investigative journalism is the result its new and startling information has the making of an international scandalthe book contains a full narrative account of how the genocide unfolded . A people betrayed the role of the west in rwandas genocide by linda melvern a former reporter for the london sunday times condemns the international community specifically the un security council for failing to intervene in the face of indisputable evidence of genocide
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