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Game of Thrones cast calls for aid to Syrian refugees

Now the cast of Game of Thrones aims to assist the IRC in raising more than $1 mln for Syrian refugees worldwide

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The cast of the hit TV fantasy drama Game of Thrones, and HBO are joining forces with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) to raise awareness of the international refugee crisis through the #RealmToTheRescue campaign.

March 15 marks the fifth anniversary of the Syrian conflict – during this time hundreds of thousands of people have died and millions displaced.

According to the human rights organization, Amnesty International, by the end of 2015 7.6 million Syrians were displaced, of which 4.6 million had become refugees.

And according to the IRC, the prolonged conflict has left 12.3 million people in need of humanitarian aid.

Now the cast of Game of Thrones aims to assist the IRC in raising more than $1 mln for Syrian refugees in their own country, but also Jordan, Serbia, Greece, Lebanon, Iraq, and Turkey.

In a video made through the partnership, people are invited to make donations for as little as $10. Those who give money are then entered into a draw where winners will be picked to attend a party with the cast and crew at the season six premiere of the show.

Omaze, an internet company that raises money for non profit organizations in contact with celebrities, will be heading the fundraising effort.