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International Committee of the Red Cross Memo for Foreign Workers near Thai-Cambodian Border, Date Unknown

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This memo from the International Committee of the Red Cross was directed at foreign workers near the Thai-Cambodian border. The document advised them of a number of diseases on the rise near that location, such as malaria, hepatitis, polio, cholera and tuberculosis. The memo gave workers directions on what to do if they become ill and preventative actions they could take to avoid illnesses. 

Transcript of ICRC Memo 

Source-Dependent Questions

  • What was the purpose of this document, and who is it addressing?
  • What diseases are specifically addressed to be aware of when helping refugees in foreign lands? Describe the general recommendations for protecting yourself from disease.
  • After reading this memo, refer to President Gerald Ford's condolence letter to Sgt. Nance's family. What are possible risks with helping refugees? Discuss whether the rewards outweigh the risks or not.