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Title:Linda Melvern is right, but... Short analysis of 'A People Betrayed. The role of the West in Rwanda's genocide' by Linda Melvern (2000)
Author:Strizek, HelmutISNI
Periodical:Internationales Afrikaforum
Geographic terms:Rwanda
Western countries
Subjects:foreign policy
Abstract:In 2000 Linda Melvern published a remarkable book, entitleld 'A people betrayed: the role of the West in Rwanda's genocide'. It is remarkable because it adds valuable details to the knowledge so far published on what was discussed and decided on Rwanda in the secret sessions of the United Nation's Security Council during the summer of 1994. Melvern points out clearly that the members of the Security Council were well informed - at least about the ongoing genocide perpetrated against the Tutsi population within Rwanda. But the West - against the recommendations of Nigeria for example - was not ready to stop it although it would have been possible to do so. This article analyses Linda Melvern's arguments relating to the Rwandan tragedy and confronts them with the available facts and findings on a 'hidden agenda' concerning the Central African crisis, triggered by the crash of the presidential aircraft in Kigali on April 6, 1994. Bibliogr., notes.