Page 2, 20th June 1980

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Internal chaos adds to Cambodian agony

CAMBODIA is suffering from the effects of apathy in the West

and internal chaos according to reports reaching Action Group on Cambodia.

By now the rice crop should have been planted for harvesting

in December. The last harvest was destroyed by drought, and rice seed sent in has in some cases been consumed for lack of food.

About 50,0W tons of seed should have reached the country by this month, including 20,000 tons from Russia and Vietnam, but to preserve it for sowing. 35,000 tons of food a month needs to be distributed. , The Ileng Samrin government hacked by Vietnam is still suspicious of outside aid, and the International Red Cross, a major relief source finds its work

hampered.

Trucks sent to Cambodia move only about 15,0(X) tons a month to the provinces because of misuse and the state of roads.

Delegates to a United Nations conference in Geneva at the end of May asked for a road link to Thailand and improved flights. but the position has deteriorated since then.

Thousands of refugees,on the Thai border are caught between rising flood water and the intentions of the Thailand government to encourage repatriation. In Cambodia the war goes on and the people continue to die.

Britain has pledged £1 million to Unicef aid. Cafod is in the forefront of voluntary agencies which have followed Oxfam's lead in developing their own distribution channels.




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