Most of the estimated 300,000 people displaced by the July riots are living in makeshift relief camps in schools. As a result, the start of the academic year has been cancelled for tens of thousands of students. Here at an emergency relief camp in a school in Kokrajhar district, residents have to wade through a 40-feet wide puddle to access their home.
The courtyard of a school being used as an emergency relief camp in Kokrajhar district.
An infant sleeps in a classroom that has been converted into a dormitory.
Relief camps set up in schools are overcrowded, and residents often need to set up makeshift tents on the surrounding grounds. In this Muslim camp, banners protest allegations that Muslim inhabitants in Assam are illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.
Prolonged monsoon rains in Assam flood the courtyards of schools being used as relief camps, forcing those who have taken refuge in tents to sleep many nights on the buildings' verandas and in hallways.
More than 6000 displaced people, including more than 1000 school-aged children live in a relief camp at the Basugaon Higher Secondary School in Kokrajhar district. The school enrollment was 1300.
Unsure when residents will be able to return home, some schools have improvised alternative structures so classes can resume. This bamboo frame will become a primary school for hundreds of students when the seasonal rains stop and the ground dries enough that children can sit on it.
Children who live in a relief camp in a school in Chirang district cook food in the courtyard.