• Short Summary

    INTRODUCTION: The Vietnamese-backed government in Kampuchea claims to have uncovered fresh evidence of atrocities committed by the previous Khmer Rouge regime.Mass graves said to contain remains of many thousands of people have been found.According to the government, they were victims of the Pol Pot administration between 1973 and 1976.

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    KAMPOT, PHNOM PENH PORT, STEN MIEN CHEY, KAMPUCHEA (VISNEWS - WALTER BURGESS)

    SV PULL BACK GV Site of alleged mass grave, Kampot
    GV Human remains on ground
    GV People standing on site
    GV INTERIOR Stacked skulls and bones
    GV INTERIOR Stacked skulls and bones
    GV PAN Skulls and bones on ground at another mass grave at Stein Mein Chey
    GVs Bones and skulls strewn on ground, some tied with rope (5 shots)

    GV PAN Orphanage at Kampot
    SVs INTERIOR Children on beds
    SV Children on beds (4 shots)
    GV Children on balcony

    GV INTERIOR Teacher and pupils in orphanage school (3 shots)

    GV, CU Wall poster PAN teacher speaking to listening children
    GV PAN Patients on hospital veranda
    CU, SVs Young patients on beds (3 shots)
    Doctor examining patient's arm
    CU, SV Mother and babies on beds (2 shots)

    GV INTERIOR War in Cambodia-World Vision Paediatric Hospital, Phnom Penh, babies & children being treated by staff (3 shots)
    GV Child patients on beds, mother with child in cot (4 shots)

    GV PAN Hospital ward, patients queueing at pharmacy, pharmacy staff giving out drugs (6 shots)

    Background: INTRODUCTION: The Vietnamese-backed government in Kampuchea claims to have uncovered fresh evidence of atrocities committed by the previous Khmer Rouge regime.Mass graves said to contain remains of many thousands of people have been found.According to the government, they were victims of the Pol Pot administration between 1973 and 1976.

    SYNOPSIS: Each post in the ground represents the remains of forty bodies found.Officials estimated that more than 30,000 people had been buried in those pits near Kampot on the southwest coast.

    More graves were discovered in nearby Sten Mein chey, and there seems little doubt the victims were callously executed.This is not the first time Pol Pot had been blamed for mass murder.

    Knotted ropes around bones suggest those who did had been tied up.Bullet holes in skulls indicate what had happened after the knots were tied.The graves were apparently found by local people, and are now a powerful propaganda weapon for the government of Heng Samrin.

    Kampot's orphanage symbolises a country in the middle of civil war.There are plenty of needy children to be cared for.Hen Samrin rules only with the backing of Vietnamese troops.Fighting a guerrilla war against both are three groups, now in the process of joining together.

    Leading one of those groups is Pol Pot.He ruled in Kampuchea until Vietnam moved in and installed Heng Samrin.In league with Pol Pot's forces are Son Sann's Khmer Peoples' National Liberation Front and the party led by Prince Sihanouk.They have held a series of meetings to co-ordinate efforts while other countries in the world search for a solution to the complicated Kampuchean question.But life has to go on, despite fighting and politics, as these scenes show.

    Staff at the orphanage hospital are also busy dealing with the injuries and ailments of everyday life.Four years ago, there was little chance of these children receiving proper treatment because of the turmoil.This young man strained his arm during a gem of volleyball.Sharing the beds are young mothers who at one time would have had to fend for themselves.

    In Kampuchea's capital, Phnom Penh, health facilities are also improving rapidly, bringing relief to a population that came to know the real meaning of starvation and deprivation.Outside these wards, city streets seem to have recovered some of their bustle with increased economic activity.

    Aid from all over the world poured in during the months of crisis, and some of the benefits are now being felt.Drugs and medicines are no longer in such short supply that ordinary people have to go without.It's good news for these patients in the Cambodia World Vision Paediatric hospital.

    But the return to some semblance of stability in Phnom Penh and elsewhere comes at a price.Vietnam has up to 200,000 troops in Kampuchea, regarded by many as a force of occupation rather than allies stopping the return of Pol Pot.And with increased guerrilla activity, Heng Samrin is loath to try and govern without their presence, despite international pressure.
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    Film ID:
    VLVA6VR5RR4BB7AWN2A96XKPYUP4O
    Media URN:
    VLVA6VR5RR4BB7AWN2A96XKPYUP4O
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/11/1981
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:27:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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