BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) - A cholera outbreak among Cambodian refugees has caused
United Nations officials to suspend repatriations from the largest refugee camp in
Three refugees were confirmed to have been infected by cholera, with one confirmed
death from the disease, according to Iain Guest, spokesperson for the U.N. High Commissioner
for Refugees (UNHCR.
It was the second time in less than a month that repatriation of the 200,000 refugees
from Site 2 has been halted. Movement out of the camp was halted from June 1 to June
17 after a violent demonstration by thousands of refugees demanding more money as
part of their repatriation and resettlement package.
Some 370,000 Cambodians are being returned to their homeland under the auspices
of the UNHCR office under the terms of the Paris Peace Accords.
The UNHCR said no more repatriations were scheduled from Site 2 until further
notice, but that returns from six other border camps would be accelerated, and it
was expected that 20,000 more Cambodians would return to their homeland this month.
Since the repatriation program began on March 30, more than 40,000 Cambodians
have gone home.
The UNHCR said 355 refugees repatriated from Site 2 on June 18 have been given preventive
antibiotic treatment against cholera.