As Communist troops step up their shelling of the khmer capital of Phnom Ponh, young people in the city - many of them without uniforms - are receiving military training.
As Communist troops step up their shelling of the khmer capital of Phnom Ponh, young people in the city - many of them without uniforms - are receiving military training. Buddhist monks who cannot fight have been giving blood.
The communist insurgents have been using captured American artillery to shell the city - especially its southern edge and the airport area. Over 300 people have been killed since the shelling started last December, and the death tell has been particularly hoavy in the last two weeks. The communists have appealed to people by radio to leave the city.
The Khmer government recently launched several recruiting drives. In October all men between the ages of 18 and 25 were ordered to report for a 'certain period' of military service. Recruiting has reached such a pitch of urgency that many of the recruits do not appear to have uniforms.
The strength of the khmer army is officially put at 200,000 but outside experts say that a quarter of these are phantom soldiers whose pay goes to army officers.
Buddhist Monks, who previously had not done much more than bless new recruits are now giving their blood for the war effort.