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April 2, 1989 | DAVID HALDANE, Times Staff Writer
Like pale reminders of a bygone era, the silver objects filled the room with their gentle hue. Clustered toward the front were an array of tiny boxes in the shapes of elephants, deer, birds and turtles. Nearby in a glass case, a set of bells decorated with dancing girls daintily adorned a shelf. Scattered throughout were intricately carved tea sets, serving bowls, vases, platters, lip balm containers, cups, salt shakers and wedding sets.
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May 2, 1998 | From Associated Press
Heavy fighting between Cambodian government troops and Khmer Rouge guerrillas drove tens of thousands of Cambodian refugees to the Thai border Friday. About 30,000 refugees--many of them the wives and children of Khmer Rouge rebels--were massed at the border, the Thai military said. It said the border will be opened today to allow the Cambodians access to a refugee camp several miles inside Thailand. The U.N. refugee agency will help in providing shelter for the refugees, as it has in the past.
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January 4, 1990 | JOSH GETLIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On a hot and steamy night last November, as the muffled booms of artillery shells echoed in the distance, the pressures of life in this refugee camp turned one man into a monster. Angered that his wife and 6-year-old daughter had gone for an evening walk against his wishes, Touch Chamleakana began drinking heavily. When they returned, he savagely attacked them with an ax. Both died instantly.
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August 2, 1997 | From Associated Press
Cambodians fled by the thousands into neighboring Thailand on Friday, escaping a rocket barrage by forces of coup leader Hun Sen. Rockets exploded within 300 yards of a refugee camp. In Phnom Penh, the capital, Second Prime Minister Hun Sen's new government moved to consolidate his power, organizing a mock political convention with the apparent intent of dividing the opposition and warning Asian neighbors to stay out of Cambodia's affairs.
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January 1, 1987 | Associated Press
Thai authorities closed a major Cambodian refugee center Wednesday but said it will be five days before its 25,000 occupants are moved to other camps. The Cambodians at Khao I Dang, unlike those at other refugee camps in Thailand, were classified by the Thai government as eligible for resettlement abroad. Their move to other camps means they will be demoted to the status of "displaced persons" who can be ord1701995876authorities say conditions permit.
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August 2, 1997 | From Associated Press
Cambodians fled by the thousands into neighboring Thailand on Friday, escaping a rocket barrage by forces of coup leader Hun Sen. Rockets exploded within 300 yards of a refugee camp. In Phnom Penh, the capital, Second Prime Minister Hun Sen's new government moved to consolidate his power, organizing a mock political convention with the apparent intent of dividing the opposition and warning Asian neighbors to stay out of Cambodia's affairs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 9, 1992 | THUAN LE
It was nearly 5 p.m., quitting time, really, for many students at Cal State Fullerton. But there was Vitthara Tan, curled on a couch in the student government office, catching a nap between work, classes and his duties as student body president. "Shssh," whispered the office secretary, nodding to the dozing senior. That was all it took.
NEWS
April 7, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Most of the 20,000 ethnic Vietnamese living on Tonle Sap lake in central Cambodia have fled the country after last month's massacres by Khmer Rouge forces, a U.N. official said. U.N. navy commander John Leighton said about 13,000 have left the area, crossing the border into Vietnam or heading toward Phnom Penh. The Vietnamese villagers, many of whom have lived in Cambodia for generations, started leaving after at least 46 people were killed in March.
NEWS
March 31, 1993 | From a Times Staff Writer
A sad chapter in the history of Indochina's wars ended Tuesday when the largest Cambodian refugee camp in Southeast Asia was declared officially closed. Officials said 23,000 refugees remain at the camp, prosaically named Site 2, but are scheduled to leave at the end of April in time to return to Cambodia and take part in national elections there, which are being held May 25-27.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 1997 | JEFF LEEDS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For years after the Khmer Rouge movement turned Cambodia into a prison, emptying the cities and forcing the population into hard labor, Song Tan and his family wondered what kind of person could torment so many people. Even now, two decades later, they know his face only from outdated, grainy photos.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 1997 | LILY DIZON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They don't want to talk about it because talking means remembering. The starvation. The disappearance of loved ones. The deaths. But in a week of conflicting news about the notorious Khmer Rouge leader responsible for Cambodia's killing fields, some Cambodians can't help but ask: Has Pol Pot really been captured? "Please, I hope so.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 1996 | K. CONNIE KANG and JEFF LEEDS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Until his death 11 days ago, actor Haing S. Ngor was the most visible champion of the little-known international effort to bring the leaders of the Pol Pot regime in Cambodia to justice. "I feel like I lost my twin brother," said Dith Pran, who worked with Ngor for more than a decade to rouse global public opinion over the deaths of 1.7 million Cambodians at the hands of the Khmer Rouge. "Now I'll have to continue with one hand, carrying Ngor's picture and spirit with me."
NEWS
May 27, 1993 | TINA GRIEGO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sandy Arun Blankenship serves on half a dozen committees, has a full-time job as president of the Cambodian Business Assn. and seems to be perpetually in motion. But, she says, these days "only my body is here; my mind is over there." "Over there" is her native Cambodia, where hundreds of thousands of her former countrymen and women are casting ballots this week in the first election in 20 years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 1993 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Asian refugee agency has been put on probation because an audit by its major funder has found that it mismanaged its funds and billed taxpayers for services it never provided. The auditors also described programs managed by the as "disorganized and non-functional," noting that its employees spent large amounts of time aimlessly driving mentally disabled patients around the county so that it could bill taxpayers for transportation costs.
NEWS
April 7, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Most of the 20,000 ethnic Vietnamese living on Tonle Sap lake in central Cambodia have fled the country after last month's massacres by Khmer Rouge forces, a U.N. official said. U.N. navy commander John Leighton said about 13,000 have left the area, crossing the border into Vietnam or heading toward Phnom Penh. The Vietnamese villagers, many of whom have lived in Cambodia for generations, started leaving after at least 46 people were killed in March.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 1989 | From Reuters
Cambodian refugee leaders have threatened to refuse food supplies in protesting a temporary cut in United Nations aid, U.N. officials said Thursday. The reduction was imposed Tuesday because supplies to the camp, run by one of the groups opposed to the Phnom Penh government, were being diverted to guerrillas involved in a two-week offensive against government troops in neighboring Cambodia.
NEWS
June 20, 1987 | NORMAN KEMPSTER, Times Staff Writer
Secretary of State George P. Shultz said Friday that the selection of an aging hard-liner to be the new premier of Vietnam "seems to snuff out" hope for an early end to Hanoi's occupation of Cambodia. "It's a rather discouraging matter," Shultz said after two days of consultations with the foreign ministers of the six countries that make up the Assn. of Southeast Asian Nations.
NEWS
March 31, 1993 | From a Times Staff Writer
A sad chapter in the history of Indochina's wars ended Tuesday when the largest Cambodian refugee camp in Southeast Asia was declared officially closed. Officials said 23,000 refugees remain at the camp, prosaically named Site 2, but are scheduled to leave at the end of April in time to return to Cambodia and take part in national elections there, which are being held May 25-27.
NEWS
December 12, 1992 | CHARLES P. WALLACE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The United Nations once symbolized a haven in the warfare that convulsed Indochina. But it can do little now to protect Meas Phalla as she faces the vast uncertainty of resettling in her impoverished homeland. Like tens of thousands of others, Meas and her husband fled in 1979 during the onslaught of the Vietnamese army against the Khmer Rouge, the Maoist revolutionaries who then ruled Cambodia.
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