However, this time, the Game of Thrones cast were not in their costumes. Instead, they came as themselves as Lena Headey, Maisie Williams and Liam Cunningham. They visited refugee camps in Lesbos, Greece, which were part of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) program.
These camps currently hold 57,000 refugees. The EU-Turkey deal last March instructed refugees to seek approval for an asylum first, Time notes. However, the process takes months for a single refugee to gain approval.
Lena Headey met a young Syrian mother with three children in Lesbos. They are waiting to be considered as asylum seekers in Germany, where her cancer-stricken husband is. With the process in place, the family may wait for another 5 to 6 months before they see him again.
Meanwhile, Maisie Williams met 13-year old Haya in Cherso, who dreams of becoming an actor. Haya will first have to polish her acting skills on the IRC safe space.
Game of Thrones cast Liam Cunningham also heard stories of Afghan and Syrian fathers who try their best to be courageous in a place of uncertainty for themselves and their families.
After speaking firsthand with the refugees, Lena Headey called for the policymakers to revisit their decision.
“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 studies, but they are stuck. They’re stuck. And they’re unbelievably sad. Understandably. We can do better for them. We must do better for them,” Lena shared with IRC.
Meanwhile, Maisie Williams spoke in behalf of all the children refugees.
“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?” asked Williams.
Game of Thrones cast Liam Cunnigham minced no words for the EU leaders .
“This is not an earthquake, this is not a tidal wave. This is a man-made crisis, with 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?” Cunningham stated.