Three years after the Vietnamese army intervened in Kampuchea to install the Heng Samrin government, life is beginning to return to normal in the capital, Phnom Penh.
GV/CU Policeman directing traffic in Phnom Penh city centre (2 shots)
SV Ox carts being led through streets (2 shots)
SV/CU Propaganda posters (2 shots)
CU PULL BACK Women at work with garden rakes (3 shots)
GV Urban squalor, tenements and washing line (2 shots)
GV Child playing in rubble
GV PAN Market scenes. Man at stall (3 shots)
GV Black market goods on display
SV PAN Stalls of cotton goods and food
CU PULL BACK Can of Foster's lager amid coca-coal cans and beer (2 shots)
SV Pigs feeding
GV/CUs Rice being sold on streets (5 shots)
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Background: Three years after the Vietnamese army intervened in Kampuchea to install the Heng Samrin government, life is beginning to return to normal in the capital, Phnom Penh. For three years under the ousted Khmer Rouge leader, Pol Pot, Phnom Penh, forcibly emptied in 1975, was a ghost city. Now the capital has peak-hour traffic problems. People who were driven into the countryside by Pol Pot have flooded back. The Heng Samrin government has directed a clean-up campaign concentrating on the national monuments and main thoroughfares. But off the main roads, slum conditions persist and sanitation remains poor. Food is more readily available in the markets, while luxury articles from Thailand are evident on the black market. But the improved prospects of the city are still partially reliant on international aid agencies. They have been principally involved in the restoration of water and electricity services in the city, but the agencies are beginning to pull out, and there is anxiety that their work may not be continued by the Heng Samrin administration.