Maisie Williams with Syrian refugees in the Cherso camp, northern Greece [Image: Tara Todras-Whitehill/AP].

Maisie Williams with Syrian refugees in the Cherso camp, northern Greece [Image: Tara Todras-Whitehill/AP].

If you’re as sick as I am of the pundits saying the last week – of British political paralysis – has been like ‘Game of Thrones’, you’ll love this.

While our politicians have been sitting on their thumbs talking about leadership elections that are either members-only (Tory) or completely pointless (Labour), the stars of that show have been raising awareness of conditions for Syrian refugees.

Lena Headey, Maisie Williams and Liam Cunningham visited camps in Greece, where people have been stranded because EU leaders don’t want to face up to the problem.

It’s an issue for which EU leaders have been partly responsible, having either ignored the issue or failed to take appropriate action at the right time.

Of course, the politicians don’t have to deal with the consequences, so they’re happy to leave real people dangling.

You can read more about the efforts of the International Rescue Committee in Greece, here.

Game of Thrones stars Lena Headey, Maisie Williams and Liam Cunningham have called on EU leaders to do more to help Syrian refugees as they visited people stranded in Greece.

The actors visited refugee programmes just days after the show’s dramatic series six finale and called for the EU to reconsider its March agreement with Turkey which forces migrants to apply for asylum in the “safe third country” before they are allowed to travel to the EU.

Headey, who plays Cersei Lannister, Williams, who plays Arya Stark, and Cunningham, who plays Davos Seaworth, toured International Rescue Committee camps and met some of the 57,000 refugees affected by the deal.

Ms Headey said: “These smart, hard-working people want to go home. They want to return to their communities and to their neighbourhoods. 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.”

“For me it is about the children,” said Ms Williams. “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?”

Cunningham heard about the fear felt by Afghan and Syrian fathers. He said: “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?”

Source: Game of Thrones stars call on EU leaders to help Syrian refugees | World news | The Guardian

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