Rosalynn Carter--the wife of the President of the United States-has visited a Kampuchean refugee camp near the eastern Thai town of Sa Kaeo -- and found the experience emotionally overwhelming.
LV PAN: Mrs. Jimmy Carter wife of U.S. President (white trouser suit) walking through refugee camps with reporters and officials.
SV: Mrs. Carter in tent holding refugee child.
CU: Refugee child being helped to walk.
CU: Mrs. Carter cuddling babies. (2 shots)
SV ZOOM IN TO CU: Mrs Carter in hospital tent.
SV: Dead body being carried on stretcher
CU: Mrs. Carter speaking in English
SV AND LV: Mrs. Carter's voice continues over scenes in refugee camp and Mrs. Carter leaving. (4 shots)
ROSALYNN CARTER: "As the wife of the President of the United States, I can only say that I want to go home and do all I can to mobilise our people and see that we do all that we possibly can to help the situation here. One reason I cam was to see how the international organisations are working together and to see what I could do to help with the whole situation. I will go back and talk to my husband about it, people at home who are responsible and in charge of helping. I think it's very good for me to come. It's very good for the people of the world to see what is happening here, and also to see is doing in helping these people."
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Background: Rosalynn Carter--the wife of the President of the United States-has visited a Kampuchean refugee camp near the eastern Thai town of Sa Kaeo -- and found the experience emotionally overwhelming. Mrs. Carter arrived in Thailand on Thursday (8 November) for a forty-hour visit, at her husband's request, and is visiting camps for Laotian, Kampuchean and Vietnamese refugees who have fled into Thailand.
SYNOPSIS: Mrs. Carter's first destination was a newly created site for thirty thousand Kampuchean refugees at Sa Kaeo, about thirty five miles (60 kilometres) from the border.
The Thai government welcomed the unexpected visit from Mrs. Carter as a chance to dramatise the tragedy of the refugees.
These refugees are fleeing the fighting in Kampuchea between the Phnom Penh government forces and Khmer Rouge guerrillas, loyal to ousted Premier Pol Pot. The rest of the two hundred thousand -- being given shelter by Thailand -- have fled from neighbouring Laos and Vietnam.
The death rate in this camp from malnutrition, malaria, dysentery and the ravages of war, is running at about twenty-five a day, according to officials. Four hundred have died since the camp opened on October the 24th.