|Tensions boil over in migrant camp|
We had come to a notorious camp on the Greek island of Lesbos to investigate claims of neglect and overcrowding when a riot erupted.
We watched as migrants emerged, choked by acrid smoke, and realised they had set fire to the Moria refugee camp themselves.
Impotent apart from their ability to protest, some have been here for more than a year.
They are tired of waiting for the Greek authorities and the EU to decide whether or not to take them in.
The borders to the north and the gateway to the rest of Europe through countries like Hungary and Serbia are closed.
These days they struggle even to get paperwork to take them to the mainland and Athens.
|Flames during a riot at the Moria camp|
But as the air turned grey, today was different.
Ysmeem Grawi, a translator with European Lawyers in Lesbos, spoke to us about the dire conditions inside.
She told us that people from the African community received rejections and started throwing stones, then the fires were started.
She said: "It's not a safe place, the conditions people live in are inhumane."
|Ysmeem Grawi says there are dire conditions in the camp|
Emotions boiled over in Moria and police flooded the camp to try to re-gain control.
Well over 1,000 people fled from the camp but others were left inside as riot officers arrived.
The frustration of the migrants is borne out of a sense of being stuck and forgotten.
One man told us: "We're trapped. The food is inedible. We're not getting asylum interviews."
Another woman from Congo told us she sleeps on the floor and eats dried rice.
I asked her why she had not stayed in her own country - she said it was impossible when you see family members killed.
|A Congolese woman says she sleeps on the floor and eats dried rice|
Divisions between ethnic groups are also emerging.
One man told us: "Africans make the problem, we don't want to live with them. They are putting all of us in danger. They are putting all of us in danger. Tomorrow they might kill me."
Whether they had come in hope as economic migrants or seeking asylum in fear of their lives, Europe is dragging out their pain by failing to decide who is in need the most.
Of course not everyone is here for fear of persecution, and the sifting of those who need protection from those who are economic migrants is time consuming.