Game of Thrones, Syria, Syrian civil war, refugees, war, peace

“We are currently facing the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II.”

We’re all excited about the return of Games of Thrones in just over a month, so just to whet our appetites the cast of the hit HBO drama as united for a good cause.

Using their celebrity profiles, the GoT gang have teamed up with the International Refugee Committee (IRC) to generate the platform Rescue Has No Boundaries’, and have appeared in a video designed to educate viewers about the refugee crisis. It has been released to time with March 15th, the fifth anniversary of the start of the Syrian civil war.

The IRC has worked relentlessly to raise awareness around the global refugee crisis, and has raised funds to help rescue millions of people who have been displaced from their homes due to the war.

“We are currently facing the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II,” said IRC president, David Miliband.

“Our partnership with HBO and Game of Thrones—which premiered around the same time the war in Syria began—hopes to get the general public to take action and rise up for refugees.”

The moving video stars actors Lena Headey, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Liam Cunningham, DeObia Oparei, John Bradley, Tom Wlaschiha, Eugene Simon and Oona Chaplin. Even if it doesn’t inspire everyone to donate to the IRC, the fact the message is getting out there is incredibly important.

“It brings a fictional story of displacement and conflict to a real-life one and hopes viewers will be prompted to donate,” said University of Pennsylvania Center for High Impact Philanthropy executive director, Katherina Rosqueta.

“And it’s bringing the cause to the audience, rather than the audience to the cause.”

The Syrian civil war is having a far greater impact than the Western world is led to believe. Along with the upheaval of millions of refugees, the war is also responsible for the capture of Yazidi women for sexual slavery, and the recruitment of child soldiers. Any medium to raise awareness is a step forward, and the cast of GoT is setting an excellent example.

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