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Rwanda, 1994: around one million people die in a deliberately orchestrated campaign of murder. For five years, Linda Melvern has worked on the story of this great crime, and this book of investigate journalism is the result.


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Rwanda, 1994: around one million people die in a deliberately orchestrated campaign of murder. For five years, Linda Melvern has worked on the story of this great crime, and this book of investigate journalism is the result.

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

  1. 4 out of 5

    Dan Muthui

    A riveting, but disturbing, and heart breaking account of Rwanda’s genocide. Linda Melvern, has written a penetrative account which vividly reveals how the international community under the auspices of the United Nations miserably and unjustifiably failed to act in the face of a carefully executed plan to exterminate by murdering the minority Tutsis and politically moderate Hutus in Rwanda in 1994. The results of this apathy and inaction by the international community resulted in the murder of A riveting, but disturbing, and heart breaking account of Rwanda’s genocide. Linda Melvern, has written a penetrative account which vividly reveals how the international community under the auspices of the United Nations miserably and unjustifiably failed to act in the face of a carefully executed plan to exterminate by murdering the minority Tutsis and politically moderate Hutus in Rwanda in 1994. The results of this apathy and inaction by the international community resulted in the murder of approximately one million Tutsis and moderate Hutus in what has been termed as one of the greatest humanitarian scandal of the twentieth century. Melvern’s account raises very critical issues regarding the prevailing disparity between the theories of universal human rights, and humanitarian interventions, and the actual executions in real situations in which grievous human wrongs are carried out. By criteria, Africa humanitarian situations reveal this stark gap. The issue is, if promotion and protection of human rights even by interventionary measures has been universally acceded to as morally permissible, and lawfully obligatory, does the implementation of this consensus abroad entail the adoption of different stances for different humanitarian situations, or even regions?

  2. 4 out of 5

    ReGina

    There is a line in the movie Hotel Rwanda where someone asks who is funding the Hutus, and the response is "The French." This was very curious to me; why would the French be funding a group in a former Belgian colony? So, I began my quest for a book to answer that question. 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 Belgian's colonization and, more importantly, There is a line in the movie Hotel Rwanda where someone asks who is funding the Hutus, and the response is "The French." This was very curious to me; why would the French be funding a group in a former Belgian colony? So, I began my quest for a book to answer that question. 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 Belgian's colonization and, more importantly, their "exit" from Rwanda; the establishment of the Hutu, Tutsi, and Twa; and how the events and leaders in Europe, the United States, Northern Africa, and the U.N. contributed to the Rwandan genocide (the largest one in 1994 because there have been others). While this is truly a heartbreaking story, it is fascinating to understand the various elements that came together to create this perfect storm. This is not a light gloss over, but rather an intricate study of all of the straws in the pile that became the tinder for the Rwandan fire. Excellent, excellent read.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Louise

    Very confronting but an excellent read.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Highly interesting and well researched, can be a dense read so if you are looking for a basic summary of events this is not the book for you.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Alexis

    A People Betrayed: The Role of the West in Rwanda's Genocide by Linda Melvern (2000)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Khorberg

    A comprehensive history of the Rwandan genocide. Probably best book I've read on the topic.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jacobs

    WIP

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jonas Stephan Johnson

    Good day all well i faith this is a good book through the splendid story through the genocide in Rwanda god bless really have it good.

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