• Short Summary

    Last week the Khmer Rouge celebrated their first anniversary as the rulers of Cambodia which is, they say, "a land filled with genuine happiness, equality, fairness and democracy."
    This claim however, is not upheld by reports of conditions prevailing in the country which have been received from Cambodian refugees who have crossed the border into Thailand.

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    Last week the Khmer Rouge celebrated their first anniversary as the rulers of Cambodia which is, they say, "a land filled with genuine happiness, equality, fairness and democracy."
    This claim however, is not upheld by reports of conditions prevailing in the country which have been received from Cambodian refugees who have crossed the border into Thailand. Since the Khmer Rouge took over an estimated 23,000 people have fled into Thailand - bringing with them reports of government brutality and mass executions.

    10,000 of them are living in three major camps along the Thai - Cambodian border, with another 9,000 elsewhere. They are waiting re-settlement and already more than 15,000 have left the camps for new homes - with some 7,000 going to the United States and 5,000 to France.

    Each week about 50 new refugees arrive in Thailand - despite a tightening of controls by the Thai government and the possibility of Khmer Rouge ambushes and execution if they are caught.

    Thai government policy has been that Indochinese refugees can only stay temporarily in the camps until new homes are found for them. But, according to Reuters, they have been arriving faster than they can be resettled and the policy has been thwarted by sheer weight of numbers.

    Conditions in the camps are hardly idyllic - Visnews cameraman Alex So reports that he was refused permission to film inside the huts at Aranyaprathet because they are so dirty. Yet it is clear to the authorities in the area that the vast majority of Cambodian refugees prefer to take their chances in the camps rather than returning to what they have described as a "harsh and regimented life of work and political indoctrination".

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    Film ID:
    VLVA50TM4E5MMF908QIIK9NSSKTM4
    Media URN:
    VLVA50TM4E5MMF908QIIK9NSSKTM4
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/04/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:31:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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