Some relief supplies are making their way to Phnom Penh for the Kampuchean people, who are starving and brutalised by war, famine and disease.
Some relief supplies are making their way to Phnom Penh for the Kampuchean people, who are starving and brutalised by war, famine and disease. Additional aircraft and coastal vessels have been pressed into service, since the vietnamese-backed Heng Samrin government in Phnom Penh made it clear that cross-country relief channels were out of the question. Besides the international agencies -- the Red Cross, UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund) and Oxfam, World Vision, a Christian Humanitarian organisation is also on the scene, and has made film available of what they was in Kampuchea.
SYNOPSIS: Foreign relief agencies are only allowed access to Phnom Penh or the port of Kompong Som.
The airfield at Phnom Penh shows the debris of war. Military and civilian aircraft lie broken after the Pol Pot regime destroyed everything that reflected modern technology.
Ships lie derelict in the Mekong river.
The World Vision plane carried five tonnes of survival kits containing items not supplies by other bulk shipments.
At least two relief ships have reached Phnom Penh recently. The French hospital ship "Ile de Lumiere", and an Oxfam barge towed up the Mekong river, carried two thousand five hundred tons of aid.
Some of the supplies left immediately in Soviet trucks standing ready. The Soviet Union is reported to have supplied much aid to Kampuchea.
World Vision's aid kits contain not only food tins, but also such things as eating utensils and matches. World Vision workers hope to supervise their distribution, to ensue that they get outside the city, to the Kampuchean people in the large collection camps.