Saturday, April 30, 2011

The displaced Cambodians have health problems due to lack drinking water

Samrong (Cambodia) .- Tens of thousands of Cambodians displaced by the conflict with Thailand on the border begin to suffer health problems from lack of hygiene and clean water, health officials warned today. In the Cambodian village of Samrong, 30 kilometers from the border temple of Ta Moan and Ta Krabei About 36,000 people take shelter in makeshift settlements in pagodas and schools since the fighting began a week ago.

"Most people have problems with diarrhea because they are drinking unboiled water and there are many infections," he told EFE World Nara, a doctor at the health center but these days Samrong aid to refugees. The fighting with rifle fire and heavy artillery have caused 16 deaths, including one civilian, injuring dozens and the evacuation of tens of thousands of people on both sides of the border.

Samrong in camps, the evacuees have made their small tractors in tents, where farmers are protected from the unusual rains that have fallen on Cambodia in recent weeks. Under tarps or plastic, about five square feet, huddle between 20 and 30 people, who could only take away a few cooking utensils.

Despite the poor living conditions in settlements, no one thinks of returning to their homes for fear of being hurt by the fighting. "Most do not want to return to their homes because they fear that the fighting will get worse," said Po Reathy, an aide to council that deals with one of the fields.

Military commanders from both countries agreed yesterday to a cease-fire was broken by the night and this morning with an exchange of gunfire. "I want to go back, because I have to take my land, but I will not end until the shots, "said Thaen Thy, a farmer of 32 years who lives six miles from the temples.

However, conditions are harsh in makeshift shelters and farmers fear the looting on their farms and homes. "It's very difficult to live here. We do not want to stay. We have nothing," says Thai Thueng, a woman who carries and six nights sleeping in a tent of the authorities been installed next to a pagoda.

Most of the fighting, which began a week ago, there have been around the ancient Khmer temples of Ta Meun (Ta Moan in Khmer), Ta Kwai (Ta Krabei) and Preah Vihear. The border between the two countries, heavily mined, have never been clearly defined since France abandoned their colonies in Southeast Asia after World War II and have been frequent disputes sovereigntists.

The current conflict began in 2008 when UNESCO declared world heritage Preah Vihear, a Hindu monument of XI century, and included on Cambodian soil. Currently, Thailand and Preah Vihear not claim, but if several square miles surrounding.

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