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    At the United Nations, fifty-one countries have pledged a total of 210-million dollars (U.S.) to?

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    At the United Nations, fifty-one countries have pledged a total of 210-million dollars (U.S.) to aid starving Kampucheans. The money will go to emergency U.N. and Red Cross relief programmes currently operated in South East Asia. The announcement was made on Monday (5 November) by United Nations Secretary General, Kurt Waldheim.

    For the thousands of refugees in Kok Sung refugee camp -- not far from Thailand's border with Kampuchea--living conditions have already improved considerably. Supplies of food, rice, dried fish and oil have increased, and those refugees who have money are able to buy extras from Thai merchants at this market place at Kok Sung. Nearly every day, Thai troops bring more supplies.

    Other Kampuchean refugees are not so lucky. Hundreds die of malnutrition every week and are buried in mass graves. Malaria is rife, and doctors and nurses are few. Of the 210-million dollars that has been pledged at the United Nations, about 48-million will go to refugee camps in Thailand. The remainder will take care of needs within kampuchea for the next six months.

    International welfare organisations have been trying to persuade the Vietnamese authorities and the Kampuchean government of Heng Samrin to open Highways Five and Six from Thailand to allow in trucks carrying supplies. Now, U.N. Secretary General, Kurt Waldheim, says he has received assurances that the necessary co-operation will be forthcoming. The major pledges include 69-million dollars by the United States, and more than 55-million dollars by the nine members of the Common Market.

    Here, two kilometres(1.2 miles) inside Kampuchea, Thailand has created its own efficient food distribution system. Large quantities of supplies find their way from this camp to two thousand five hundred Khmer Sein soldiers in Kampuchea.

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