July 10, 1987

Medicine on the Cambodian Border: Khao I Dang-Reply

Author Affiliations

Khmer Health Advocates West Hartford, Conn

Khmer Health Advocates West Hartford, Conn

JAMA. 1987;258(2):203. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03400020045017

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In Reply.—  The Khao I Dang refugee camp was the focus of activity for thousands of volunteers, and, for many of us, the experience enriched both our private and our professional lives. While many volunteers continue to work on the Thai-Cambodian border, it is important to remember that the politics of this region have never been simple. The Khao I Dang refugee camp was opened in 1979 after the Vietnamese invasion of Cambodia. For several years, it was the largest city of Cambodians anywhere, with a peak population of 140 000. For many Cambodian refugees, the only way to resettlement was to pass through Khao I Dang.The occasion of the camp's closing was my incentive to tell a story that I had been wanting to tell for several years— a story that would emphasize the universality of medical experience, even on the border of a war. Khao I Dang