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Would he die along the way? The physical and mental abuse he was to be subjected to would be a supreme test of endurance that no human being should have to endure. Get A Copy. Kindle Edition , pages. Published December 18th by Dunnottar Publishing first published January 1st More Details Other Editions 1.

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Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Rod Keith does an excellent job of creating the Vietnam War environment, developing the story and backstory, and writing a believable experience for the intrepid main character. It is a strong and well-written piece of military fiction. Arlen10 rated it liked it Mar 27, Kenneth K.

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After the Vietnamese invasion, Mrs. Say Nom moved back to Trapeang Chor, met her husband, Mr. Chel Chim, 29, and had their first two sons, now 5 and 4. But at the end of , few months after Vietnamese troops withdrew, the Khmer Rouge were infiltrating Trapeang Chor. I had three years of experience with them. A year ago, O Koki had nothing; refugees lived under blue plastic sheets. Now, with help from the Cambodian Red Cross and Western agencies like Unicef, most people have housing, water and some rice fields.

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Rations of Rice. But even here, in this settled camp, a far cry from the dispersed groups of internal refugees elsewhere in the country -- the adult ration of But in fact there has been no rice ration at all since March. Unicef also came and dug 13 wells for O Koki's 1, families 7, people, 3, of them under But Oh Thuch, a camp administrator, says the wells are not deep enough, and 11 of them are not in use, their pumps broken. Unicef says that only four pumps were broken and three were fixed.

But O Koki's water problems are more complicated. A canal brought water from the mountain, but it has been polluted by the camp's water buffalo. Efforts to build a dam before the rainy season are stalled by a missing bulldozer, which lacks enough fuel to finish the job.

Agony in Cambodia: A War Story

The camp does have a large bunker to protect officials from shelling, but it is also incomplete. He only forages within a half-mile of the camp. He has two oxen, but one is missing, and he is afraid for it. What about returning to Trapeang Chor? Intimidation of the populace comes from all sides. Refugees say they leave their villages because they are tired of the pressure, from the Government by day and the Khmer Rouge or other factions by night.

About 10 people were killed, and the soldiers looted from the poor, a charge that the front denies. Asked why they remained at Sala Kraw, refugees said they wanted to return to their village three miles away, but three young men sent to reconnoiter were all killed by mines. Whose mines, no one knows. Just outside Sisophon, a market for firewood has grown up, selling the remains of the houses of those who have left their villages. The Khmer Rouge, too, pursue their war of disruption and intimidation.

To some villagers, the Khmer Rouge show a friendly face, buying ducks and rice, and sometimes they marry village women. They speak to the villagers about politics. But often they kidnap or kill village heads and teachers, and take the young men to serve as porters. The Khmer Rouge say they are concentrating now on "political work. After four days, the villagers were freed, minus a handful of children. They were told that if the election went well, they would see their children again.

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If not, they would not. Told of this conversation, Mr. Oh Thuch sighed. They can't go outside.

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Relief officials trying to help the displaced inside Cambodia fear creating a permanent state of dependency. The Thai-Cambodian border is a classic case of the bad effects of good intentions. It is a crucial part of the story of Cambodian dislocation. Even for those on the border, life is worse.

To the , or so internal refugees must be added the nearly , Cambodians who have been living in or near Thailand since the Vietnamese drove out the Khmer Rouge 12 years ago. Most of these Cambodians have been leading lives of stupefying boredom ever since in United Nations-supervised camps, beholden to whichever political faction happens to administer them and allowed no choice as to affiliation. After Vietnamese troops withdrew in September , thousands of these refugees were encouraged or forced to follow the factional armies into Cambodia to populate areas with high rates of malaria and little water.

These included Cambodians under the American-backed non-Communist factions of Prince Sihanouk and the Khmer People's National Liberation Front, whose otherwise uninhabitable "liberated zones" are financed by American and Southeast Asian aid, some of it funneled by the factions from the nearby United Nations camps, meant to be neutral. Last year, the Khmer Rouge alone moved at least , people under its control into its own harsh "liberated zones. Drought, Malaria, Mines. Now, however, again because of war, drought, malaria and mines, many of these Cambodians are now returning, or trying to return, to the United Nations camps.

While the population of these camps was down to , a little over a year ago, pleasing the Thais who themselves are tired of the refugees, it is now up to ,, a record number, United Nations officials say, and for budget reasons, food rations have been cut. But even this figure does not include 15, to 20, Cambodians under Khmer Rouge control who are stranded along the border, with little food, medicine or shelter, these officials say. Pushed about the map for the last 12 years, they are prevented from entering United Nations camps by the Khmer Rouge, with the acquiesence of the Thai military.

When asked if they want to enter, the refugees answer: " 'We don't know; we must wait for our leaders to tell us,' " a U. I think it's fear. Phaly Nuon works with the women of Site 2, the largest United Nations-assisted camp. They just ask me, 'When can we see Cambodia again? When can we go home? Chea Sokha, who works with orphans, said, "We hate this closed camp, but we know it.


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What will they do? Will their families accept them? As the United Nations envisages it, Democratic Cambodia is a lovely idea, he said. We just know the name of democracy, not the details. The West is still pushing a United Nations solution, because it promises an election, the best chance for the non-Communists, who are hapless on the battlefield and whose leaders are getting old.