Thailand has appealed for international aid for 50,000 refugees who fled a Vietnamese army drive against opposition guerrillas in neighbouring Kampuchea.
GV PAN New refugee camp near Thai-Kampuchean border.
SVs Refugees. (3 SHOTS)
GV Red Cross flag flying.
SV Man receiving medical care from Red Cross nurse.
SV Children receiving medical care.
SV & GV Refugee camp at Khoa-I-Dung.
SV PAN Son Sann walks through crowds in camp.
GV & SV Son Sann talking to reporters. (English SOT). (2 SHOTS)
APRIL 9 TA PHRAYA ON THAI-KAMPUCHEAN BORDER
SV Prime Minister Prem Tinsulanonda (right) and General Arthit Kamlang-ek (left)
GV, SCU & CU Inspection of captured weapons by generals.
GV Prime Minister addressing village volunteers at local school.
SV General Arthit.
SCU General Chavalit.
GV Village volunteer defence force.
TRANSCRIPT: SON SANN: (SEQ 8)"There are plenty of women and children .. 300... put down in the bunker and throw he hand-grenade and they kill them with bayonets."
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Background: Thailand has appealed for international aid for 50,000 refugees who fled a Vietnamese army drive against opposition guerrillas in neighbouring Kampuchea. The Thai Foreign Ministry said on April 7, the latest influx of refugees had added to the 170,000 Indo-Chinese in Thai refugee camps still awaiting resettlement in other countries. The latest assault, which began on March 31, was the most powerful since Vietnam invaded Kampuchea four years ago. It was repelled after 2 days of fierce fighting. Many of the wounded received medical care from Red Cross staff at a new refugee camp just inside Thailand. There are now 23,000 people living in this camp. It consists of a variety of temporary shelters and those living there have to forage for food and water. The Red Cross have been busy giving aid to the hundreds of sick children in the camp. The Prime Minister of Kampuchea's anti-Vietnamese coalition government in-exile, Son Sann, visited another camp, at Khoa-I-Dung, on April 8, during a morale-boosting tour of the border area. After meeting the refugees, Son Sann told reporters of an alleged atrocity at the Sihanoukville camp. He claimed Vietnamese had put more than 200 innocent civilians in a trench at the camp and then killed them with hand-grenades and bayonets. Thai Prime Minister Prem Tinsulanonda has also visited the troubled border area. On April 9, in the company of the army's commander-in-chief, General Arthit Kamlang-ek, he inspected weapons captured from the Vietnamese. Later at a local school, in Ta Phraya they met the village volunteer defence force.