In Thailand, the future is looking very uncertain for the thousands of refugees who have poured in from Cambodia and Laos after last year's communist take-overs in both countries.
MV & CU Cambodian refugee children queueing for food and singing (4 shots)
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DELAHAYE: "The words of the song are: "I've got a home in glory land". And for these young Cambodian refugees it's about the only home they're likely to have for a long time. This new camp at Aranyaprathet, just two miles from the Cambodian border, houses three and a half thousand Cambodians. Like the other camps, it's run by the Thai government, with money from the Untied Nations. Milk has never been an important part of the Asian diet, but at least the morning milk run helps break the monotony of tent life. Eighteen months after the Communist take-over of Cambodia, the refugees are still coming out at the rate of more than 50 a month. There's no lack of initiative in the camp. Many of the refugees are quick to turn their native skills to financial advantage. Money in the camp seems to generate itself and although food and shelter are provided free, there's a rapidly expanding market, run by the Cambodians themselves for those who can afford the occasional luxuries. But although prepared to make the best of a bad situation, most of the refugees convince themselves that the camp will be no more than a temporary staging post. Somebody--whether it's the French, the Americans, or even the young man from the Untied Nations--will surely see to it that they're soon given a new start in life. Even on the most optimistic figures, at least fifty thousand refugees -- Laotians, Vietnamese and Cambodians -- will never be found new homes abroad. Either they'll have to stay in the camps indefinitely, or just hope that the Thai government will eventually allow them to be integrated into the local Thai community. The only other possibility is that they may one day return to their own countries."
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Background: In Thailand, the future is looking very uncertain for the thousands of refugees who have poured in from Cambodia and Laos after last year's communist take-overs in both countries. The Thai government wants the refugees to move on., But even on the most optimistic estimates, at least 50-thousand refugees will never be found new homes aborad. BBC reporter Michael Delahaye recently visited one of the refugee camps.