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The United Nations declared 1979 to be observed as 'The year of the Child'. Concentrated efforts were supposed to be made on a better life for children.

The year started with Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge being defeated by the Vietnamese on January 7, 1979 when they took the capital Phnom Phen. At this stage thousands of refugees from the Kampuchea-Cambodia were being forced back over the borders from Thailand and surrounding countries as they tried to flee the terrible conditions and growing famine.