Since the United States halted the bombing of the Khmer Republic in August, thousands of refugees from the Republic have streamed into South Vietnam.
GV Refugees in camp
SV INT Refugees in hut and eating (2 shots)
SV Refugees wheeling logs on cart
SV Piling earth for funeral
SV woman weeping and children looking on (2 shots)
CU Coffin with body
SV Men burning the coffin and pouring on petrol
CU Crying woman
GV Burning Pyre
GV INT Rice distribution to refugees (8 shots)
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Background: Since the United States halted the bombing of the Khmer Republic in August, thousands of refugees from the Republic have streamed into South Vietnam.
In Chau Doc Province, 135 miles (217 km) southwest of Saigon, more than 7,000 Cambodian refugees are living in a make-shift camp, trying to piece their lives together again in a more peaceful atmosphere. One camp, located near the district town of Tinh Bien, is only one mile from the border between South Vietnam and the Khmer Republic.
The latest victims of the Indo-China war are trying to eke out an existence on the basic necessities provided by the South Vietnamese government. For some, it was a time to bury their dead. The body of one old woman, placed in a hastily made coffin, was burned in the new homeland while members of her family looked on.
The families are given coupons distributed by the South Vietnamese Social and Welfare Ministry. They receive rations of rice, condensed milk and other basic food supplies. Those who took money with them to South Vietnam are able to supplement their diets with food bought from private vendors.