at 09 Dec 2021 09:51
Regardless of age, gender, nationality, education, and income, we all have been experiencing - for almost two years now - how laws can complicate our everyday lives. We have been on an emotional roller-coaster ride since the beginning of the pandemic. Our lives are shaped by fear, insecurity, uncertainty, powerlessness, worry, insomnia, loneliness, social isolation, depression, mental illness, and even thoughts of suicide. Self-determination, free will, and freedom have now completely different meanings in our society.
Like a dog, we were legally muzzled (with face masks) and for weeks people are being discriminated, ostracized, and harassed because of a piece of paper (the Covid certificate). Unvaccinated people can no longer go to a toilet in a restaurant without a "passport" check! So much for freedom, humanity, decency, and respect. And all of this is legal because EU lawmakers have decided that. We no longer have a say about our own bodies and our everyday life. And now we survive day after day in fear, worry, and uncertainty about our future.
It is precisely this emotional and psychological ordeal that the refugees go through. We have witnessed this terrible humanitarian crisis for over a decade. It is time to make a fundamental change and rescue the refugees from their misery. Refugees deserve a life in dignity - in security and with privacy, accommodation, and food, with medical and psychological care and legal advice on the legal asylum procedure.
When people seek asylum after leaving their homes and loved ones to escape conflict and persecution, they are desperate to rebuild their lives from scratch. But the refugee law makes it difficult, even impossible, for them in every aspect. Those who end up in refugee camps suffer as much as those who make it to the European countries. They no longer have a say about their own existence!
Millions are currently wasted on vaccination campaigns. Instead, the European countries, politicians, and authorities must invest this money in the integration and education of refugees and thus give them the chance of an independent and self-determined life and a future in dignity.
Politicians and the media are constantly talking about the next generation. BUT what about the generation of today and now?
My personal reason:
I am a former war refugee who suffered under the refugee law for nearly three decades. As an asylum seeker and “tolerated” war refugee with a temporary residence permit, I was denied any rights to education and integration. All my life I was reduced to a piece of paper and that made my life a living hell!
But NOBODY should be reduced to just a piece of paper. Everyone deserves a dignified life, regardless of the place of birth, nationality, religion, and passport. The right to education and independence is a basic right for EVERYONE and humanity knows no nationality!
It is my duty and mission to stand up for other victims of refugee policy and bureaucracy. Therefore, as long as I breathe, I am the Voice4Refugees, regardless of the prejudices and negative opinions the people and the media have about the refugees. Regardless of the lack of empathy, understanding, and petition support that I'm experiencing ever since I started this online petition in August 2021!
#HumanityB4Nationality by Lily4Refugees will continue to be the voice 4 the voiceless!
My own story of suffering:
at 21 Sep 2021 10:24
2020 was a very challenging year for everyone, regardless of birthplace, nationality, passport, race, age, skin color, religion, sexual orientation, life story, level of education, and income. Before the pandemic, words like social distancing and lockdown didn’t exist. All of a sudden, our “normal” world fell apart. Governments, world leaders, and lawmakers made new rules, and we followed them without questioning anything. We had no other choice. We were scared and worried about our lives, health, existence, future, and loved ones. We all were forced to stay at home and distance ourselves from family, relatives, friends, and work colleagues. Home office, social isolation, depression, anxiety, fear of existence, and future had a tremendous impact on people’s private and professional life. Those who lost loved ones will suffer forever, and those who lost their business and income are going through hell.
And we thought it couldn’t get worse, but it has. In 2021 the COVID rules are dividing the population everywhere and on every continent. There are various measures, rules, and bans in place. Positive and negative Covid Tests, the "3G rule" in German - geimpft, genesen, getestet (vaccinated, recovered, tested) is making social life and work more challenging. Traveling has become exhausting. It’s almost like a mission of flying to the moon. Quarantine, Self- Quarantine, vaccinated, not vaccinated, fully vaccinated, and recovered are the new words and unfortunately, there is no ending in sight!
Let’s face it, we can’t sugarcoat it any longer, life has become a nightmare for everyone and normality is nothing but a foreign word and wishful thinking and my reaction to all this mess is:
Good, now everyone finally knows and hopefully understands how refugees, millions of innocent victims of war are suffering for ages. Now everyone knows how it feels like to be helpless and powerless about your own life decisions and choices. Now everyone knows how it is to live day by day, night by night, worrying and not knowing what the next day and the future will bring. Now everyone sees how unhealthy the lack of perspective and uncertainty feels. Now everyone knows how loneliness and social isolation troubles the mind, heart, and soul. Now everyone knows how hard it is to be completely driven and controlled by government’s laws whether they make sense or not! Now everyone knows how it feels to feel trapped!
Now imagine all this living in the most inhuman living conditions, surviving four seasons in tents in refugee camps with absolutely no privacy. Now imagine living in fear, hunger, and the most inhuman, unhygienic, and unsanitary conditions for years. Imagine the entire struggle plus the uncertainty of a “normal” future because of limited access to basic rights such as education, health care, employment, and freedom of movement! Maybe now after almost two years living with a global pandemic, a few people will have a better understanding, compassion, and empathy with refugees!
Back in summer 2015 I gave an interview to the Mirror and said: “Being a refugee is a living hell” and today in 2021 I keep repeating what I said before. It is and will always be a living hell unless we change and fix the broken refugee law!
Read my interview with the Mirror from 12 Aug 2015 here:
Get a copy of my memoir “Destination Freedom”, also known as “The Stolen Years In Zurich (The Library Edition)” here:
Library Edition: www.amazon.com/dp/1081112867
Library Edition: www.amazon.de/dp/1075903831