They live in a legal limbo, thousands of men, women and children stuck in a squalid camp near the town of Idomeni along the border of Greece and Macedonia. Their fate contingent on a new European Union plan that would see most of them deported back to Turkey.

The conditions at the camp, are abysmal. People languish in the mud and the rain. Conditions there have grown increasingly nasty, with shortages of food, toilets and health care, not to mention beds. Spread out on a field where corn once grew, thousands of the camp’s inhabitants have been sleeping for weeks in flimsy tents on top of the mud, often burning plastic and other garbage to stay warm.