In their own words: Majuma*
“The military came into our village at night and started to burn our homes and they shot at us. Lots of people were killed or received bullet wounds. We left everything behind, taking nothing but the clothes we were wearing. They used a rocket launcher as we were fleeing. I turned around and saw my house totally burned down. I was so scared.
“It took us five days to get to the border. There was heavy rainfall on the way and the tracks were steep, going up and down mountains. It was incredibly difficult.
“We are feeling better here in Bangladesh because we’re not scared of the people in Myanmar anymore … but life here is very hard. My son is sick, he has diarrhoea and a fever. Most of the people here are getting sick.
“Water is a big problem here for us. I have to go far way to fetch water, it takes an hour each way and I need to go three times a day. I miss my house and belongings that we worked so hard for. In one day, we have to leave everything behind.”
Majuma fled her village with her husband and one-year-old son after it was attacked. It took them five days to reach Bangladesh on foot and they arrived in Cox’s Bazar at the start of September.
In their own words: Alia*
“The military came to our village and started setting houses on fire. My family and I fled into the jungle immediately to hide. I could watch the military burning down the entire village and killing people. They shot, cut up, and stabbed many men and women. I could see everything and I was very scared that they would find us and kill my family and I too.
“It took us three days to reach the border, walking throughout the nights … I saw three people dying from exhaustion, dehydration, and not being able to eat.
“I miss going to school … Burmese and English were my favourite subjects. I liked English in particular as it is spoken all over the world.
“Here in the refugee camp … at night, we all sleep on a plastic sheet, which is very cold, especially when it rains. I have become ill because of that. Life here is hard and I have a lot of nightmares about what I witnessed the day we fled our village. I really want to return to my home in Myanmar.”
In their own words: Nazrin*
Nazrin was playing with her brothers, Nurul and Kafayet, when they saw the military setting their village on fire. “When I saw the fire and the military, I got really scared and my family and I ran away into the jungle to find safety,” says Nazrin. “We fled with only the clothes on our back and it took us eight days to reach Bangladesh.
“I was in the third grade when the attack happened and now that I’m here, I can’t go to school anymore.
“Life in the refugee camp is horrible,” explain Nazrin's older brother, Nurul. “We have to share a latrine with a hundred other people and it is all the way up on the top of the hill. We have found shelter, but when it rains, the floor gets muddy and it is cold at night.
“If there was peace back home, I would like to return to our house and our farm. Everything was burned down, but I would like to rebuild our happy lives there.”
Nazrin is 10 years old and Nurul is 19. They fled their village with younger brother, Kafayet, and arrived in Cox’s Bazar at the start of October.