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byPaulRaffaele In a Cambodian border hut, two young Khmer Rouge guards pose with Thai girl interpreter who accompanied author Raffaele on his foray across (he forbidden frontier. ARANYAPRATHET, THAILAND. I have just been inside Cambodia-the first white journalist to have crossed its border since the Khmer Rouge takeover a year ago--and I can confirm that the reports of a bloodbath instituted by its new Communist rulers are all true. Thousands have been put to death and other thousands driven from the cities to work in the paddyfields. The traditional placid existence of this Southeast Asian country has been replaced by a life of fear under a savagely repressive regime. Cambodia today is a closed country, with foreigners forbidden to enter. But there is one point from which it's possible to look over the border, and that's where I crossed. The place is a town named Aranya- prathet in Thailand, where that coun- try's northeastern section touches Cambodia. Less than three miles away is the Cambodian village of Poipet.'They're linked by a dusty, winding road with a rickety bridge at the frontier. Like many others in Aranyaprathet, including American tourists, I've often looked over the bridge at the young Khmer Rouge soldiers--many are little more than boys--standing guard. Actually, there's a certain amount of trade between the Thais and the Cambodians at this point. The Khmer Rouge, unable to obtain scarce items like sal!, petroleum and medicine even from the Vietnamese Communists, with whom they're at odds, are managing to obtain small quantities of these supplies from Thai traders in exchange for dried fish. Small groups of these traders are permitted to move across the border each day; no one else is welcome. UOreal" Excellence Sl.OO Refund P.O.BoxNB-404 El Paso. Texas 7 Offer lioxl only in U.S.A. Allow -l-ti weeks for refund. Offer expires Dei-. :il. 1!Â»7K. Limited to oneiwrfamilv. Â©1976 Cosmair. Inc. 1. 2. 3. The buck starts here. Fill out and tear out the coupon. Put it aside. Go into your store. Come out with two boxes of Excellence by UOreal. (Its the excellent haircolor bv UOreal that can make your hair 21 different shades of gorgeous, i When you send us the coupon and the two lxx tops from Excellence, we'll send you a buck. The buck stops here. LOREAL.