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Cast members from HBO’s Game of Thrones visited a Syrian refugee camp this week and urged European Union leaders to do more for the 57,000 currently stranded in Greece.
Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), and Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth) took a break from Westeros intrigue to tour International Rescue Committee programs in Greece, and met with refugees impacted by March’s EU-Turkey deal.
“These smart, hardworking people want to go home,” Headey said. “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.”
Added Williams: “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?”
The EU-Turkey agreement allowed Greece (an EU member) to send Syrian asylum seekers to Turkey (considered “a safe third” country) and thus attempt to stem illegal immigration into Europe. Amnesty International and others have slammed the effort as having many inhumane consequences (details).