MARAWI CITY, Philippines - At the foot of a slope at Barangay Bito Buadi Itowa here, the makeshift Marawi Bahay Pag-asa Pilot School stands as a contradiction in terms.
"Bahay Pag-asa" means house of hope, but hope is the last thing the dilapidated tents that serve as the school's classrooms inspire.
The tents, divided by thin sheets of cloth that provide classes no protection from each other's noise, are sometimes used as toilets so that faeces greet the students the next day.
Just steps away are the rows of dirty white tents occupied by residents displaced by the 2017 battle for control of the Islamic city.
"It is very hot inside our tents, the heat is intolerable," said Norphia Dipatuan, a mother of six seeking comfort outside a nearby tree-shaded tent.
SLOW GOV'T RESPONSE
Local civil society groups and traditional leaders blame the displaced residents' prolonged agony in the evacuation centres on the government's slow response and the failed negotiations with Chinese companies for the reconstruction of Marawi.