Across the globe, record millions of people are being forced by violent conflict to flee their homes. These refugee families — children, women and men — are struggling to survive and recover. The International Rescue Committee and HBO's "Game of Thrones" are working together to bring attention to the global refugee crisis and raise emergency funds.
During a recent visit to see IRC programs in Greece, "Game of Thrones" actors Lena Headey, Maisie Williams and Liam Cunningham called on European Union leaders to do much more for the approximately 57,000 refugees currently stranded in the country.
Here's what they had to say:
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.
- Lena Headey
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?
- Maisie Williams
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?
- Liam Cunningham
See highlights of their visit in our Storify feature, #RealmToTheRescue: Rescue has no boundaries.
How to help
The International Rescue Committee is the only international aid organization working on all fronts of the global refugee crisis. Join the IRC, HBO and the cast of "Game of Thrones" in providing lifesaving support for refugees and uprooted families in the Middle East, Europe and the U.S.