Muslim IDP girls attend the Education Session for Girls at a WPE centre in Phwe Yar Kone Muslim IDP camp in the outskirts of Sittwe, Rakhine state on May 3, 2017. Photo by Kaung Htet for IRC

Generating rigorous evidence is one challenge that the IRC and others working in Myanmar’s Rakhine State have been grappling with when trying to highlight the appalling conditions for internally displaced people in Sittwe’s camps and identify what isn’t working. Set up by the Government in 2013 for around 95,000 mainly Muslim people fleeing widespread rioting and clashes, these camps were meant to be temporary. This was clearly reflected in the design: with space and resources scarce, people were accommodated in communal longhouses, each designed to fit 8–10 families, separated only by woven bamboo partitions. …

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