Military authorities in Thailand say former Khmer Rouge guerrillas in some of the border refugees camps want to return to Kampuchea.
GV Refugees at Sa Kaeo camp queue for food
CU Cabbages being sliced (2 shots)
GV ZOOM IN Sacks of food being unloaded from lorry in camp
CU Grain being distributed
SV Refugees of Chinese origin seated beside barbed wire
SV Refugees watch as food distributed from lorry (2 shots)
LV PAN Colonel Kim, Khmer Rouge leader in the camp, walking past refugees
GV & SV Refugees receiving grain (2 shots)
CU Colonel Kim getting into International Red Cross vehicle
GV & CU Food being distributed to refugees and refugees standing (5 shots)
LV Crippled refugees with crutches
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Background: Military authorities in Thailand say former Khmer Rouge guerrillas in some of the border refugees camps want to return to Kampuchea. At the Sa Kaeo camp, about 60 kilometres (25 miles) from the border, the Kampucheans have set up their own self-help organisation, but not without a degree of confrontation.
SYNOPSIS: Sa Kaeo camp was established in October (1979), and since then hard pressed relief workers have been grateful for any help from the refugees themselves. Much of the aid has come from the Khmer Rouge of Sa Kaeo, where the former guerrillas quickly established a power structure. The orderly way Khmer Rouge section leaders organised food distribution, and the building of the camp, at first impressed relief officials. That impression later was reversed and relief officials. That impression later was reversed and relief officers complained the Khmer Rouge were assuming too much authority.
One result was that about two-thousand refugees of Chinese origin had to be moved for their own safety. Refugee workers allege they were threatened when they disagreed with the Khmer Rouge rules were punished. The man who emerged as the camp leader was Colonel Kim who was a provincial governor under the Pol Pot regime. A United Nations representative supervising the Sa Kaeo camp asked that the Colonel be removed, and was himself removed.
Recently, mounting pressure from relief agencies and western diplomats brought Sa Kaeo under the command of a military unit called Task Force Eighty, set up by the Thai Government earlier this year to handle refugee problems. Task Force Eighty claims five-thousand refugees -- the majority former Khmer Rouge guerrillas -- say they want to return home. Soon, they'll be moved to camps closer to the border and at an appropriate the border and at an appropriate time, allowed back into Kampuchea.