• Short Summary

    The Unites States is still pouring aid into the Khmer Republic, although the Americans themselves are keeping a low profile these days.

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    The Unites States is still pouring aid into the Khmer Republic, although the Americans themselves are keeping a low profile these days.

    One such aid project is in a small village eight miles (13 kilometres) from the centre of Phnom Penh. It was destroyed last year during heavy fighting between government forces and insurgents who were making a determined push to overrun the capital.

    Although the money for the rebuilding project comes from the Americans, the actual work is carried out by the village people themselves.

    They use local materials and methods and there ar three main advantages. It costs less , it provides work for the refugees and the buildings are more suited to their surroundings than these designed and built by American aid teams.

    SYNOPSIS: This village is only eight miles form the centre of Phnom Penh. Last year it was destroyed during fierce fighting around the city.

    This year it's risen from the ashes with the help of Unites States aid. But unlike most previous aid here, it has bene kept on a low key. Instead of American technology raising a western Phoenix, local craftsmen have been using local materials and centuries-old techniques to build houses. This saves money, provides work for the refugees and means the buildings harmonise with their.

    The Khmer Government is under pressure... both financial and military. And projects like these are aimed at restoring a semblance of normal life to the shattered countryside. The deeds are for the new homes .... they're symbols of American efforts to get the Khmer Government to crack-down on corruption and institute reforms.

    So restoration work continues with the Americans keeping very much in the background, but nevertheless making their presence felt.

    They are pressing the Government to broaden the base of its support, by including opposition members in the cabinet and to repair the rift between the civilian administration and the military.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABLB5A3HQXXQ6ZANTUCZGRN9G6
    Media URN:
    VLVABLB5A3HQXXQ6ZANTUCZGRN9G6
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/12/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:46:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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