For a decade Cambodia - now known as the Khmer Republic - has been on the fringe of, or deeply embroiled in, war.
GV Army truck full of soldiers in street.
SV soldiers walk from truck along street.
GV large ornate building (army H.Q.).
SV soldiers on guard outside H.Q..
INT: CU,SV soldiers talking in building.
LS children playing on beach, 2 soldiers stand in foreground.
SV group of soldiers sit by roadside in front of beach.
SV pan boys swimming and playing on beach.
SV shots, soldiers sitting on roadside, beach in background.
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Background: For a decade Cambodia - now known as the Khmer Republic - has been on the fringe of, or deeply embroiled in, war. Today, its existence is threatened by a civil war now approaching a climax in an orgy of bloodshed and destruction.
The government is isolated in the capital, Phnom Penh, around which the Khmer Rouge insurgents are drawing an ever-tightening noose. Desperate and destructive military battles are fought every day and the once-beautiful city rocket attack.
Casualties among government troops are up to 500 a day, a figure augmented by civilians who fall victim to the daily rocket salvoes. Further, it is estimated this country now has three million people living as refugees, out of a population of seven millions.
The scale of this tragedy is so vast as to appear almost hopeless, but there are some who are devoted to helping relieve the suffering. Ken and women of the Red Cross - doctors, nurses and other staff of many nations - are in Cambodia helping the Cambodians to help themselves.
This short film, shot in and around Phnom Penh at the height of the current insurgent offensive, gives a fleeting glimpse of life in Cambodia today - the hardship, the suffering and the work being done to make them easier to bear.