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Game Of Thrones Stars Visit Syrian Refugee Camp, Urge EU To Help

Three actors from the highly acclaimed HBO series Game of Thrones visited International Rescue Committee camps in Greece.

Credit: (Tara Todras-Whitehill/IRC)

Credit: (Tara Todras-Whitehill/IRC)

Recently, three cast members from the highly acclaimed HBO series Game of Thrones visited a Syrian refugee camp. The actors, Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), and Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth), ventured to Greece just days after filming the show’s dramatic Season 6 finale.

The Guardian reports that their goal was to draw attention to the Syrian refugee crisis and to call for the European Union (EU) to reconsider its March agreement with Turkey. The deal forces migrants to apply for asylum in the “safe” country before they are allowed to travel to the European Union.

Credit: (Tara Todras-Whitehill/IRC)

Credit: (Tara Todras-Whitehill/IRC)

Said Headey:

“These smart, hardworking people want to go home. They want to return to their communities and to their neighborhoods. They want their children to continue their education. They want to continue their university and they are stuck. They’re stuck. And they’re unbelievably sad. Understandably. We can do better for them. We must do better for them.”

Williams, who met an aspiring young actor from Syria said:

“For me, it is about the children … children with so much potential, so many hopes and dreams. Where is the humanity that makes it acceptable for them to languish in refugee camps – in Europe?”

(Tara Todras-Whitehill/IRC)

(Tara Todras-Whitehill/IRC)

Cunningham’s revelation may have been most profound. He told the camera:

“This is not an earthquake, this is not a tidal wave. This is a man-made crisis: 57,000 stranded in Greece. Refugee camps in Europe? Is this truly the standard EU leaders want to set as the way to respond to the global refugee crisis?”

The trio’s efforts quickly made rounds on social media:

“We now feel like it is our responsibility to take their stories and change the perception of these people,” said Williams.

The actors proclaimed the visit to be life changing and promised that the public will definitely hear more about the topic in the future.

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