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Cambodia: The Second Holocaust #56834

ABC Evening News for Friday, Oct 26, 1979
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(Studio) Individual Cambodia child who died of starvation and neglect cited as ex. of fate of entire nation; child named, shown. No. of nation's population that have died since 1970 from starvation, disease and United States bombing noted; photos shown. Correspondent, John Pilger, producer of "The Silent Death of Cambodia", featured; Pilger narrates film with regard to plight of children especially. Background on Cambodia's involvement in Vietnam war given; include in report are Norodom Sihanouk, US, Lon Nol, Pol Pot and Khmer Rouge. Films shown. [PILGER - recalls Auschwitz; narrates film of high school near Phnom Penh converted into "Asian Auschwitz"; says cntry.'s had autogenocide.] State of nation at Pol Pot's overthrow out- lined; films shown. Amt. pledged by President Carter for relief this week and difficulties facing implementation of relief system considered; Phnom Penh government said fearing food will go to Pol Pot supporters rather than to refugees; Pot's support by China (PR) mentioned.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(DC) United States said rejecting suggestion that it's been dragging feet on relief question; Secretary of State Cyrus Vance quoted with regard to US's past efforts at providing relief. [VANCE - discusses pole situation preventing distribution of relief supplies; United States decision to seat Pol Pot regime in UN.]
REPORTER: Barrie Dunsmore

(Studio) Jim Howard said international director for relief agency. OXFAM. [HOWARD - discusses situation.] Cambodia's specific needs listed.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Bangkok, Thailand) Necessary food and medical said at United Nations warehse. in Bangkok; films shown. Problems faced in its distribution considered; death rate per hour mentioned. [Dr. Geoffrey ATKINSON - comments on necessary decision with regard to who lives and who dies.] Field hospital featured.
REPORTER: Jim Laurie

(Studio) Wrap-up.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

Dunsmore, Barrie;
Jennings, Peter;
Laurie, Jim

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