Australian Associated Press reporter Lisa Martin and photographer Tracey Nearmy recently went on assignment to the Rohingya refugee camps near Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh. The pair, who saw the work of aid group Save the Children, tell us their experience.
More than 650,000 Rohingya people have fled Myanmar since a military crackdown in late August. Villagers were massacred, homes slashed and burned, women gang-raped and babies thrown on fires and burnt alive.
Lisa Martin, who went on assignment to cover the story - visiting food distribution points, health clinics, sanitation projects and child-friendly play spaces - was struck by the resilience of youngsters they encountered.
One of the most heartwarming moments was when we stumbled upon a group of kids bouncing a giant beach ball over a parachute, she said.
Some of them would have seen family members murdered in front of their eyes but despite the traumas, kids still just wanted to play and have fun.
Lisa was also impressed by the engineering skills of Rohingya children who were crafting elaborate kites from sticks and plastic bags.
As a youngster, I could never have made a kite like that, despite growing up in Perth with all the trimmings of a western household, she said.
For Tracey, one of AAP's most long-standing photographer, what struck her the most was seeing children looking after other children and doing adult tasks, like carrying heavy loads and walking alone to the forest to collect firewood.
In some families, only the children were left to care for each other, taking on roles well beyond their years, she said.
The trip made me realise how lucky I am in life.
When it comes to capturing the raw scenes taking place in front of her eyes, Tracey said one of the difficulties was trying to be invisible in order to capture candid moments of daily life.
It was sometimes a challenge to direct attention away from myself or wait until my subjects' interest in me had passed so I could photograph them, she said.
Aid groups working in the camps are scrambling to contain a diphtheria outbreak that has so far infected more than 2500 and killed 27 people. Donate to the Save the Children crisis appeal at www.savethechildren.org.au/roh