CWS appeal update: Cambodia-Thai border crisis/community displacement

More than 500 families have been displaced in continued fighting along the disputed Thaliand-Cambodia border, with the number continuing to grow.

 
Cambodia survivor of the violence
A survivor of the violence taking shelter at Sa-Em camp.
Photo: CWS Cambodia

Situation

More than 500 families have been displaced in continued fighting along the disputed Thaliand-Cambodia border, with the number continuing to grow. Armies from both countries have escalated their presences in the border region and, as fighting has intensified, 277 houses of Prasat village were burned to the ground. Another 243 families from Kor Mouy and Svay Chum villages have evacuated to Sa-Em, a camp for internally displaced persons.

At least 520 families (1,660 individuals) are without safe shelter, and sustainable water and food supplies as government assistance ended December 1.  CWS-Cambodia at that time began some initial humanitarian response efforts.  Complicating any humanitarian response are torrential rains and security problems.

CWS response

Church World Service has worked in the region for three years, operating a health clinic and, as of late, provisioning a humanitarian response to this conflict's displacement.  CWS Cambodia staff are working in the region to assist 520 of the most vulnerable IDP families by providing food packages, kitchen sets, tents, water containers, mats, mosquito-nets as well as ceramic water filters.

How to help:

Contributions to support Church World Service emergency response and recovery efforts may be made online, by phone (800.297.1516), or sent to Church World Service, P.O. Box 968, Elkhart, IN 46515. 


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