More than 30,000 villagers living near the borders of Thailand and Cambodia were affected when the fighting erupted around the Preah Vihear temple in Preah Vihear province. The exchange of fire started on the first week of February and lasted for four days.
“World Vision is concerned about the affected families – especially the children and babies – who are still living in shelters, afraid to go home for fear of their safety. I hope that both governments will be able to resolve this issue peacefully and soon so that people don’t suffer needlessly,” said Esther Halim, Country Director of WV Cambodia.
In Cambodia, evacuees are staying in pagodas, schools, and rice fields. Children are getting sick with diarrhoea and fever. Sanitation is a great concern as evacuees just use nearby areas for defecation.
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Cambodia’s leader has offered words of peace to Thailand, a day after the United Nations rebuffed his request to intervene in his country’s sporadic armed border conflict with its bigger neighbour.
Read more here: The Canadian Press: Cambodian leader talks peace after UN rebuff.
(Reuters) – The U.N. Security Council voiced “grave concern” on Monday about Thai-Cambodian border clashes this month but decided to leave the issue in the hands of Asian regional association ASEAN.
Read more here: UN council leaves Thai-Cambodia conflict to ASEAN | Reuters.