THREE leading cast members of the TV fantasy drama Game of Thrones are appealing to European leaders to ease restrictions on refugees trying to reach the continent.
British actress Lena Headey described Europe’s treatment of people fleeing war in Syria and other countries as “utterly ridiculous” and accused populist politicians on the continent of deliberately misrepresenting vulnerable migrants as a financial burden and security threat.
Headey, who plays the homicidal villain Cersei Lannister, travelled to Greece in the wake of the globally popular season six finale.
“These smart, hardworking people want to go home,” Headey, 42, said in a statement after meeting a Syrian woman travelling alone with three young children, attempting to reunite with her husband in Germany whom she has not seen in 18 months.
“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,” Headey continued. “And they’re unbelievably sad. Understandably. We can do better for them. We must do better for them.”
She was joined by co-stars Maisie Williams and Liam Cunningham, visiting refugee camps in Lesvos in the crisis-hit country on a trip organised by the US-based relief agency, the International Rescue Committee.
A total 3331 migrants and refugees are currently on Lesvos, according to government figures.
Williams, 19, affirmed that this issue is “about the children … children with so much potential, so many hopes and dreams.”
She added, “Where is the humanity that makes it acceptable for them to languish in refugee camps — in Europe?”
According to Cunningham, 55: “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?”