International relief agencies have resumed food distribution to refugees along the Thai-Kampuchea border.
GV Refugee camp at Nong Charn, Kampuchea
GV & CU Small children being washed (2 shots)
GV Truck with sacks of rice being unloaded (3 shots)
CU Writing on truck "Food from people of israel" PULL BACK TO cabbages being unloaded (2 shots)
SV Mordechai Yedid, Councillor of Israel Embassy, israeli community official for Bangkok, Mr. Eytan Osharat and Abe Nathan, Israeli volunteer, talking to refugees waiting for food supplies
GV & CU Mass of refugees sated waiting for food supplies
CU PULL OUT TO SV Food parcels being packaged up for refugees as hundreds of refugees wait (5 shots)
SV PAN Refugees move into line to receive rations
GV Refugees watching as rise is being handed out (2 shots)
SV Injure refugees on crutches walk towards distribution point and are helped to collect rations (3 shots)
GV & SV Refugees queueing and walking aback to camp after receiving food rations (3 shots)
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Background: International relief agencies have resumed food distribution to refugees along the Thai-Kampuchea border. The incursion of Vietnamese-led troops into Thailand last June had forced a halt to their efforts because of fears the food may reach guerrillas rather than refugees. But on Sunday (20 July) a truck-load of dried fish, fruit and vegetables from israel reached Nong Charn refugee camp.
SYNOPSIS: Nong Charn refugee centre was one of the border camps invaded and briefly occupied by Vietnamese-led troops last month. Food deliveries were suspended in the wake of the incursion when the Thai government disagreed with international aid organisations on just who should receive the supplies. But on Thursday (17 July) the supply trucks started rolling again, after a vague compromise, which limits food distribution to those who most urgently need it.
Israel had sent some of Sunday's supplies. Twenty tonnes of oranges and vegetables were donated after an appeal in Israel.
The Councillor of Israel's embassy in Bangkok, two community officials and an Israelis volunteer helped distributed the supplies. They arrived with another food shipment. UNICEF has sent dried fish, fruit and vegetables for the refugees of Non Charn camp.
Each refugee was given six kilos (13 pounds) of rice, plus vegetables, oranges and fish. Officials made sure only residents of Nong Charn were given the food parcels. And in order to make sure none of the Khmer Seri or Khmer rogue guerrilla fighters received the hand-outs, the supplies were given to women, children and cripples only.
Both the International Red Cross and UNICEF wanted all "land-Bridge relief" stopped. Those are the supplies which reach Kampuchea overland from Thailand. The Thais responded by saying their country's neutrality would be threatened if aid was distributed selectively. The said that if the land bridge was not open to all Kampucheans, then all other relief efforts in Thailand would also be shut down. But a compromise was struck and the land bridge will stay open for the most needy.
No one, least of all the refugees, knows how long the compromise will hold. Vietnamese troops are camping jus six kilometres down the road, and negotiations on the land bridge issue are continuing.