"'Help me, please … take me out of this place,' she said. Syria is 'better than this place.'"

The influx prompted European leaders to agree on closing the Balkans migration route — triggering several countries along it to fully clamp down their borders. That has left more than 14,000 people stranded in Idomeni, where disease is rife and fields are used as a toilet.

Fatima’s daughter Arwa, 9, last week became the camp’s first confirmed case of Hepatitis A.

“Help me, please … take me out of this place,” she said. Syria is “better than this place.”

She added: “In Syria, we quickly die … but in this place we die slowly. Animals can’t live this life.”