Up to seven hundred thousand people in famine-stricken Kampuchea are crowding into camps on Thailand's border in search of food, according to United States officials reporting from Washington, D.
CU: Photograph of refugee man and boy
GV: People in Cernusco sul Naviglio Italy, bringing food parcels to reception centre and handing it in. (2 shots)
GV: Children bringing bags of rice to reception centre.
SV: Woman with three large bags of rice out of car and hands them in.
SV: Man with sack of rice handing it in.
SV: Mayor of Cernusco Mr Carlo Farina speaking in English
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 6: FARINA: "All people and especially the young people accept this invitation and have brought rice and milk that we will send later by air to Cambodia. One of our people probably will accompany this container and they will give directly to the population involved in Cambodia our very small help."
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Background: Up to seven hundred thousand people in famine-stricken Kampuchea are crowding into camps on Thailand's border in search of food, according to United States officials reporting from Washington, D.C. But they say thousands of tonnes of food sent into Kampuchea by international relief agencies are piling up in warehouses because there are difficulties with distribution. Reports of the suffering in the region have prompted aid efforts by the biggest international organisations and the smallest communities around the world. One small village doing its best to help is near Milan, in Italy.
SYNOPSIS: The plight of the Kampuchean refugees has touched the feelings of people around the world, and here in Cernusco sul Naviglio near Milan the community has also responded. Here an appeal has been launched to provide useful items, especially food, for the hundreds of thousands of people in need. Donations of bags of rice have been the most popular way of helping.
People of all ages bring what they can afford to the reception centre in the town. The famine was thought likely to be a long one because of the destruction of crops and mining of the Kampuchean countryside as part of the war being fought there, but this small town's mayor Mr Carlo Farina hopes these efforts will help.