CULTURE

‘Game of Thrones’ stars appeal for support for refugee effort

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Cast members of the smash-hit fantasy TV series “Game of Thrones” are appealing to their fans to help humanitarian efforts in the Middle East and countries affected by the refugee crisis.

The campaign comes just a few weeks away from the launch of the series’ sixth season and promotes the partnership between the HBO network and the International Rescue Committee (IRC).

In the campaign video, Lena Headey, who plays the nefarious Cersei Lannister, says: “The [IRC] is providing relief for over three million people across the region working tirelessly in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, Serbia, Turkey and in Greece. And helping thousands of families who have been offered safe haven in the United States to start over and rebuild their lives.”

“Every month, hundreds of thousands of people flee their homes,” says Liam Cunningham, who plays smuggler-turned-knight Davos Seaworth.

Stars Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jamie), Maisie Williams (Arya), John Bradley (Sam Tarly) and Sophie Turner (Sansa) also appear on the video appealing for donations.

“Game of Thrones” season five had an average of 6.9 million viewers worldwide.