The French have donated two plane loads of aid for Kampuchean refugees following a Christmas appeal by a Paris radio station and the S.
The French have donated two plane loads of aid for Kampuchean refugees following a Christmas appeal by a Paris radio station and the S.O.S. charity organisation. The aid is destined for children in refugees camps along the Thai border.
SYNOPSIS: Radio Europe I was the focal point for the Christmas appeal. Soon after the appeal had been broadcast, the radio station found itself inundated with gifts for the refugees. The appeal reminded listeners of the confused political situation in Kampuchea and the suffering inflicted on the civilian population by continuous political unrest.
Even during the broadcast, the telephone started to ring at Europe I. Listeners pledged money for the Radio station and S.O.S. to buy supplies. They donated goods, blankets, mattresses and clothing, which were then collected by workers and sorted out at the station. The response was overwhelming.
Europe I and S.O.S. arranged with the French Airlines Air France to fly the supplies to Bangkok. There the International Red Cross it to take over and distribute the aid to various refugee camps along the Thai-Kampuchean border.
The appeal produced about 95 tonnes of supplies which were stacked in the cargo terminal at Charles de Gaulle airport ready to be loaded and flown to Thailand.
According to S.O.S. and Europe I 26 tonnes of dried milk, and 20 tonnes each of baby food, sugar and flour were loaded on the Air France cargo plane. In addition to that medical supplies, fertiliser and bedding filled the remaining space on the flight to Bangkok. Thailand has had to contend with over half a million refugees from Kampuchea. Regular food supplies and medical care has been organised in the numerous camps along the border. But still tens of thousands of Kampucheans are dying of malnutrition and disease inside their war torn country. For those help may come too late.