WAR has again caused hundreds of families to leave their houses in Siem Reap -
but his time they say they are fleeing the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces as well
as the Khmer Rouge.
Some 476 families have packed up their bags and left
the province's Angkor Chum district, saying they are fed up with being attacked
by the Khmer Rouge and extorted by RCAF soldiers sent to protect them.
total of 2,678 villagers made their way to a refugee camp in Pouk district, 13km
west of Siem Reap town.
Chief villager Nong Reum said their village had
recently been shelled, burned and looted in KR raids.
The RCAF troops
based there, meanwhile, had only caused more problems.
He said some
villagers were forced to pay 40,000 riels to the government troops.
we don't have the money, they confiscate our rice."
He said an army chief
named Hel Sam Ol and his men had come to the village and singled out people they
wanted to get money from, claiming they were former KR or KR
The government troops had also laid land mines near rice
paddies, killing cattle and injuring people, he said.
Cheum said some people used to give rice to KR guerrillas several years ago to
avoid being killed.
"We did not know what to do beside that because our
village was invaded by KR and if we hadn't pleased them, we wouldn't have
survived till now," he said
The RCAF had since demanded money from him.
"I have not yet saved enough money, so they confiscated my property," said
Authorities are now trying to get the villagers to return to the
homes from the Pouk refugee camp.