More victims of the Kampuchean conflict are pouring across the border into Thailand. They are?
More victims of the Kampuchean conflict are pouring across the border into Thailand. They are the families of the Khmer Serei, or Free Khmer guerrillas - the "third force" in Kampuchea which is fighting both the Vietnamese-backed forces and the Khmer Rouge, loyal to the ousted Kampuchean leader Pol Pot.
SYNOPSIS: Only the sick and the young are being allowed to cross over into camps in Thailand. The rest must stay and fight in Kampuchea.
Medical and relief teams have made dangerous journeys into the disputed areas of Western Kampuchea and say that some of those in the Free Khmer camps have joined the struggle, while others have simply fled to the Serei-controlled areas to escape fighting in their own communities.
The Free or Serei Khmer claim they have consolidated their troops and camp followers and formed resistance groups numbering three-hundred thousand.
Either way, once under Serei control, the refugees are limited in their options. Only those unable to train and fight are allowed to continue west into Thailand.
The Thai government says the refugee build up on the Kampuchean side of the border has created a chaotic and dangerous situation. The government has threatened to cut off food supplies to Kampuchea and to send troops into these Free Khmer camps to hasten the evacuation.
One of the self-proclaimed Khmer Serai leaders, Prince Nordom Soryavong, said that his people want to return to a liberated Kampuchea because that is the only place they can be happy. The Khmer Serei, he insists is the only Anti-Communist resistance force in Kampuchea and with equipment and supplies could take the capital in two months. He said they would fight to the death for their ideal of a liberated Kampuchea.