Beyond the guardhouse is a courtyard, and beyond the courtyard, the dilapidated school building itself.

The building, built around a large, square foyer, is at least 60 years old.

Tasks are divided along conventional gender lines; women are responsible for cooking, cleaning and childcare, while men are responsible for carrying out repairs and interacting with camp authorities (arranging appointments, sourcing replacement items, etc.). Children roam free, though girls of 10 and over are quickly socialised to help their mothers with household tasks.

Meals are eaten on the floor, around a tarpaulin mat that functions as a kind of picnic blanket.

Pans are placed on the mat, typically alongside small plates of diced tomato, cucumber and lemon.

Thin, flat bread is used to scoop food from the main pan.

After a meal, and at regular intervals throughout the day, sugary tea is served by the glass.

Levels of education vary enormously, with some children having been out of formal education for up to five years.

Many of the younger children have never been to school. It houses an ethnically mixed group of around 100 and 150 people – 80% Syrian-Kurdish, 10% Syrian, and 10% Afghan.Equally, it is important to recognise that refugees are not a homogenous mass of people.They come from different countries, regions, different social classes with different languages and different cultural mores.Aside from the fact they are all camp residents, there is very little that unites them. Some have attended university, and are fluent in English. Some have travelled the world, some have never left their villages. In the months since, most of the camp residents have been relocated to nearby towns, to hotels or shelters in Athens, or to one of several EU member states – Germany, Sweden, Ireland, France.Some are old – a few of the camp elders are in their late seventies – and some are young. Even during the months I was there, the camp underwent a renovation of sorts: a new kitchen facility was built in the back courtyard, the toilet blocks were renovated and gender segregated, windows were replaced, and new lighting fixtures installed. It is impossible to define all camps, and all camp experiences, in a single glib sentence.Black plastic takeaway boxes, filled with chicken thigh and rice, are distributed twice daily.