• 'Being a refugee is a living hell'!

    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:

    English: www.amazon.com/dp/1502852241
    Library Edition: www.amazon.com/dp/1081112867

    German: www.amazon.com/dp/1503154017
    Library Edition: www.amazon.de/dp/1075903831

    Spanish: www.amazon.com/dp/B089FBS62T

  • A letter to the European Commission!

    at 29 Aug 2021 13:54

    Today I like to share Kayra Martinez letter to the European Commission that she wrote back in April 2021. She didn’t send it out, because she wanted it to be signed first by NGOs that she knows in Greece. Unfortunately because of her hard work and lack of time she wasn’t able to collect handwritten signatures and so the letter never made it to Brussels.

    And that’s why we started this online petition a month ago. I thought it is important for our petition supporters to read what Kayra has written about the horrible and inhuman conditions in Greece. Keep in mind, this letter was written back in April. Meanwhile, everything got much, much worse, not only in Greece but as we all know also in Afghanistan and other refugee camps around the world.

    Because of the length of the letter, I can’t publish it on this blog. But you can read the full letter by downloading it here: www.nassima-design.com/HB4N/kayra_letter.pdf

    If you like to support Kayra Martinez art workshops for refugees, please visit her website www.lovewithoutborders4refugees.com

    If you like to support Kayras other passion project Animals Without Borders, please download a copy of the e-book “Laila, All Colors Matter”, written by me Lily Amis. With your download, Lily4Refugees is able to support the homeless animals (dogs & cats) in Greece. Thank you.


  • Subscription period active - Thank you for supporting #HumanityB4Nationality!

    at 15 Aug 2021 10:44

    Dear #HumanityB4Nationality Supporter

    We like to thank you for your love and support.

    Today I posted our first blog update “THE SITUATION IN GREECE AND AFGHANISTAN!“ on the petition website. You find it under BLOG.

    Share with friends, family and followers / Mit Freunden, Familie und Followern teilen:
    Please don’t hesitate and share our petition in English, German, Italian or French with your loved ones. Use the Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp or Email button at the end of the petition page! Thank you.

    Sign on paper / Auf Papier unterschreiben:
    Did you know that you can support the petition by collecting signatures on paper?
    You simply have to download the signature sheets as PDF on the website. It is available in English, German, Italian and French! The signature sheet should be uploaded to www.openpetition.eu as an image. Zip code and city of your data are saved so that your signature can be counted.

    Flyer with tear-off tabs / Abriss-Aushangzettel:
    Please help to make the petition heard even more by downloading the Flyer with tear-off tabs. It is also available as PDF on the website.

    Express your solidarity with art / Drücken Sie Ihre Solidarität mit Kunst aus:
    Get inspired by the #HumanityB4Nationality Hash tag and send us your art work. You can express yourself in all possible forms of art. Be it painting, drawing, graphic design, photography, handicrafts or even the art of baking or cooking. Please send us a picture of your masterwork to Lily4Refugees@bluewin.ch. We will share it on our blog and social media pages.

    Take good care and stay safe.
    Thank you! Danke! Grazie! Merci!
    Lily Amis @Lily4Refugees

  • The situation in Greece and Afghanistan!

    at 15 Aug 2021 10:03

    We have published this petition on August 1st 2021. In the recent two weeks, so much has happened. While I’m trying to bring awareness about the refugee crises with #HumanityB4Nationality, the lovely Kayra Martinez is in the middle of the crisis in Greece.

    Kayra is volunteering along with other lovely people and preparing healthy food for the firefighters in Limnia and collecting aids. Before the wildfires, she was taking care of her art workshop for refugee children and organizing art sales. And she was helping refugee families in need both in central Athens and the Camps by supplying food vouchers, nappies, and household goods. She was also helping homeless refugees finding safe homes. And all these during her summer holiday when she could easily do nothing, lie on the beach and just relax. Her hard and selfless support is truly inspirational.

    While Kayra is achieving meaningful results every single day, I’m struggling with the lack of support, solidarity, and caring of people on Social media. When you ask for petition signatures in an FB group with over 15 000 members/volunteers in Greece and only read one comment “spare me the petition”, all you can do is shake your head! 15 000 members and not one single person has signed the petition! NGOs that work “with” or “for” refugees on Instagram haven’t supported the petition either!

    Watching the situation in Afghanistan right now makes our petition even more urgent. Millions of innocent people are losing their homes and country at this moment, and Europe must be prepared for another refugee crisis and act!

    Being active, caring, giving, and supportive in our own community is honorable and necessary, but it won’t solve the actual problem. Let me give you a simple example. Helping refugees in our own circle is like decorating a room in a house that is not designed and built by professional architects and construction companies. Our lovely decorated room will collapse sooner or later and disappear inside the unstable building. The fundament of the house MUST be stable and strong before we as individuals can take care of the interior design.

    The fundament of the ongoing refugee crises are the governments and lawmakers. They MUST stabilize this crisis before we can help the refugees integrating into their adopted country and community. It is the government’s responsibility and duty to find a humanitarian solution ASAP! They should STOP just talking and take action instead!
    If the governments and world rulers didn’t act back in 1989, the Berlin Wall would still be there and divide West and East Germany! November 9th, 1989 is a reminder for all of us that if there is a will, there is a way! Call me naïve, but despite the non-ending refugee crises and the madness in the world right now, I still believe in humanity!

    Thank you to everyone who has signed the petition so far. Your love and support are much appreciated. Please share #HumanityB4Nationality through WhatsApp, Email, and DM with your friends, family and followers.

    Thank you. Danke. Grazie. Merci and God bless.
    Lily Amis

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