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.

A People Betrayed contains a full narrative account of how the genocide unfolded.

It describes its scale, speed and intensity. The combination of revelations about the complicity of western nations, the failure to intervene, and the suppression of information about what was actually happening, is a shocking indictment, not just of the UN Security Council, but even more so of governments and individual who could have prevented what was happening but chose not to do so.

The United Nations, which fifty years ago resolved that genocide never happened again, not only failed to prevent it happening in Rwanda, but, as this book shows, international funds intended to help the Rwandan economy actually helped to create the conditions that made the genocide possible.

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.

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General Secretary EETPU.

Perhaps there was a plot; but I tell you unequivocally that we had no part of it, no knowledge of it."

The Journalist.

Someone had to tell the Wapping story quickly, and there was no one better suited for the job than Linda Melvern. She was trained and moulded on newspapers before the Return of the Proprietors, and the consequent collapse of journalistic standards”.

Financial Times.

an extraordinary canvass.....her material, deeply detailed, fully documented ...on how the company established the Wapping operation. Whatever the outcome of the dispute, it is unlikely that a better account will need to be written of it... Melvern’s story is gripping, highly dramatic... It is above all a reporters book, telling the tale...

Former Literary Editor, Sunday Times, to Andrew Neil.

You have become the mouthpiece for a ruthless and bullying management which regards all employees as cattle.

as gripping as any piece of fiction.

Managing Director, News International.

If you go to a casino and play the numbers game, as they did, and you lose, you don't go back to the casino the next day and ask for your money back.

Bloody exciting ain't it? Bloody exciting.

General Secretary, NGA.

We had given him an olive branch and he'd broken it in two and beaten us round the head with it.

Buy A People Betrayed

Revised and updated edition: 2009

Zed Books 2000 ISBN 1-85649-831

Buy Complicites de Genocide

French translation of A People Betrayed.

Karthala, Paris. 2010

Read the Globe and Mail Article:

Our Rwandan Betrayal