August 07, 2022

The Wealthy Producer! - My five star review!


BOOK BLURB:

I was a music producer who had been struggling to make ends meet. I had produced some decent beats, but I just couldn't seem to make a profit. Then one day, a wealthy music producer told me his secrets to getting rich.

He said that the key was to create a successful beat-selling business online. He showed me how he did it, and I decided to follow his advice. Within a few months, I had created a successful beat-selling business and was making more money than ever before!

In this book, you will learn the 3 secrets of the wealthy producer that will help achieve your dreams of owning a lucrative beat-selling business and becoming a successful music producer. Thir13een


MY 5 STAR REVIEW:

I have studied Public Relations and Marketing and have a few years of work experience in this field. So I was curious to read this e-book about the secrets of marketing in the music business written by my featured artist Thir13een

I already know what an exceptionally talented producer he is and what a God-given voice he has. But I had no clue that he also is a great storyteller. What I enjoyed the most was his honesty and sense of humor. My only critique would be: I wish the e-book was longer because I enjoyed this fun, inspiring and educational short read. It is helpful and eye-opening guidance for success, not only in music but in life.

Also, why should a writer drag out a conversation and take time off the reader, when it explains the secret to success in a nutshell? I hope Thir13een will continue to write and publish more helpful and inspiring books. 

Knowledge in general is the most powerful tool that protects us from making wrong choices and false decisions in life. Knowledge is the key to success and happiness. Unfortunately, not many successful people like to share their knowledge. They think I had to learn it the hard way, why on earth should I share my knowledge and experiences with others and hand them over my valuable life lessons? 

My answer is: WHY NOT? So first of all respect to the wealthy producer who made the time to share his precious experiences with Thir13een and give him such important life and work lessons. But also respect to my featured artist who made the time to write this ebook and give his knowledge to others who may be in the same situation as he was when he had this life-changing meeting with the wealthy producer. 

This valuable ebook is the perfect short read for anyone ambitious who wants to succeed in their field of interest and strength. Get your copy today on Amazon or read it for Free with Kindle Unlimited! 





Listen to our brand new song THE STOLEN YEARS, 
written by me and vocals by Thir13een! 
Available on all streaming platforms!

August 04, 2022

The Stolen Years - The Song Lyrics & Video


Today is the day! My song THE STOLEN YEARS written by me and Vocals by my featured artist Thir13een is out now! It is available on all streaming platforms!

This time I edited the song video myself and collaborated with the talented dancer Lily once again. I hope you like the song as well as the dance video on YouTube.

The videos and images behind Lily speak for themselves. But there is a deeper message and reason why she is dancing on my memoir THE STOLEN YEARS IN ZURICH. It symbolizes the way evil and corrupt people and lawmakers trample on people's life, destiny, and dignity and enjoy it without any consciousness of the consequences and outcome for the innocent people they are punishing. They don’t realize that life is like a boomerang. Sooner or later it will hit them back when they least expect it!

The refugee law with its impossible obstacles not only stills away precious years but also destroys human dignity as if their life and future don’t matter at all. The condescending way how refugees' lives are treated like a toy is shameful and upsetting.  

The same applies to the horrible people that made my mum's and my life a living hell for way too many years. I'm not going into detail about who and how because I don’t want to give away too much information about my memoir THE STOLEN YEARS IN ZURICH but as I say in my song, we survived the stolen years. We are stronger than ever before and now is our time to shine!

And this is the song lyric The Stolen Years

Lyrics by Lily Amis, Vocals by Thir13een 

It was the first day of December; it was a day that I’ll always remember

I went into a library to get myself a read about history

When a book title caught my attention, The Stolen Years in Zurich

An hour later back at home, I snuggled in my comfy bed and read

with a women’s voice back in my head


Hours later, emotionally exhausted and sad

I fell into sleep and there she was Lily Amis

the writer of The Stolen Years

she whispered in my ears and said

 

Time goes by faster than you think

day by day and year by year, page by page, chapter by chapter

Never forget it’s your book, it’s your story

Don’t allow wanna be Ghostwriters to take control

Rewrite, edit, and still away your glory

Don’t allow wanna be Ghostwriters to take control

Rewrite, edit, and still away your glory

 

With only two suitcases and supplies of hope

mum and I left grandparents, and war behind

Instead of experiencing justice and liberty

finding a new homeland and future in dignity

we were rejected, punished for years

 

Oh it was fifteen years of humiliation and shame

I wish I could turn back the time, wash away the pain

Surviving without the chance to breathe freely

Struggling without the opportunity to integrate fully

 

Time goes by faster than you think

day by day and year by year, page by page, chapter by chapter

Never forget it’s your book, it’s your story

Don’t allow wanna be Ghostwriters to take control

Rewrite, edit, and still away your glory

Don’t allow wanna be Ghostwriters to take control

Rewrite, edit, and still away your glory

 

I wish I could turn back the time, rewrite some chapters

Relive, replace and remove some evil characters 

The only solution to escape my hopeless story

was marrying the wrong man for the wrong reason 

which has stolen too many precious season

 

Such a sacrifice for nothing but a piece of paper, paper

Fifteen years of fear and loneliness

They truly did everything to still away our precious years

and yet, mum and I survived the stolen years, stolen years

 

Time goes by faster than you think

day by day and year by year, page by page, chapter by chapter

Never forget it’s your book, it’s your story

Don’t allow wanna be Ghostwriters to take control

Rewrite, edit, and still away your glory

Don’t allow wanna be Ghostwriters to take control

Rewrite, edit, and still away your glory


Four nor five stars reviews matter

Make sure you only live bestselling chapters

We’re no longer fictional characters

We write the final draft and take control over our next chapters

This is our life, oh!

This is our time, oh!

This is my voice, yeah yeah…

 

The next day I gave Lily’s book back to my library

and treasured her precious words in my memory….

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July 26, 2022

The Stolen Years - The Song Message!


My online petition #HumanityB4Nationality has opened a completely new door and way of communication for me that I dreamed of for over a decade. Writing song lyrics for many years and being able to finally hear them as a professionally produced song with an incredible voice is a huge milestone for me as a writer, and lyricist but most importantly as a victim of the refugee law and Voice4refugees today.

My third song project THE STOLEN YEARS with my featured artist, the amazingly talented British singer and producer Thir13een is very personal. While I was talking about the plight of refugees worldwide in 80 Million People! and asking for acceptance and tolerance in my anti-war and anti-discrimination song Blood is always red!, The Stolen Years is inspired by my memoir THE STOLEN YEARS IN ZURICH. It is the story of my life and yet I'm pretty sure that many people will relate to the lyrics.

The older we get the more we appreciate the value of time. When we are young, we want to grow up fast and experience life to the fullest. Once we are older we realize how naïve we were regarding our dreams and desires, clueless about the obstacles that life and evil and corrupt people throw at us.

If you are as ambitious and multitalented as I am, and if you have to overcome unexpected and impossible challenges like we have, you get frustrated and sooner or later lose your sense of time. You are blindsided by life difficulties, a corrupt system and evil people who make your life a living hell. All you think of is how can I survive the next day. It is an awful feeling that causes nightmares and slowly but surely poisons your heart, mind, and soul from the inside and destroys all your dreams and desires. Living in constant fear of existence and worrying about life choices and decisions that are out of your hand, are time-, soul- and dream killers.

And before you realize it, decades pass like a blink of an eye and you feel cheated by destiny. Because you were trying everything in your power to survive and overcome impossible obstacles created by godless creatures in your life. 

Today’s refugees will be experiencing the same punishment and inhumane treatment as my mum and I did for decades in Switzerland. The refugee law makes it impossible to live a normal and independent life in dignity. These people are treated like trash and recycled like garbage. That’s the harsh reality of refugees’ future when it comes to integration, education, and independence, especially for MUSLIM refugees. 

But THE STOLEN YEARS is also a reminder for everyone else, that life is short and that no matter who we are and where we live, we should be aware of that and don’t allow anyone or any law to STOP us from growing and becoming the best version of ourselves. And this is only possible if we are allowed to make our own choices and life decisions. Free will is the most precious gift in life.

When I see the younger generation not appreciating the value of time and realizing all the opportunities, possibilities, and privileges they have in life, it makes me upset and sad. There are no excuses! All you need is discipline and a goal in life. And whatever it is never give up on your dreams and desires. Take a break but never ever STOP to follow your heart. 

My featured artist Thir13een published this video on his YouTube Channel months ago and it is his life story, his book so to say. Watch and you’ll see what I mean. 

Anyone will in one way or the other be able to relate to our new song project THE STOLEN YEARS

The Stolen Years will be released on my birthday, the 4th of August 2022! It will be available on all streaming platforms. Prepare yourself for a little surprise as well. :-)

July 20, 2022

The Stolen Years - The Song Cover!


RELEASE DAY ON MY BIRTHDAY 4TH OF AUGUST 2022

SUPER EXCITING NEWS! 

On my birthday the 4th of August we are releasing our third song. It is a very personal song THE STOLEN YEARS, Lily Amis featuring Thir13een is inspired by my memoir THE STOLEN YEARS IN ZURICH and this is the song cover. The pop song will be available on all streaming platforms. 

This lovely picture of my beautiful mum Sima and I was taken back in May 2014 in the most beautiful place in Germany the village of Hohenschwangau near Füssen, in the southwest of Bavaria.

This bench is right in the middle of a path between Hohenschwangau Castle and the little village below with its world-famous Neuschwanstein Castle overlooking the Alpsee.

This small village is truly a magical place like a little hidden treasure box in a fairytale. It is a peaceful location where you can forget your worries and troubles at least for a while and just enjoy the beauty of nature, history, and architecture.

You probably wonder why the SWISS CLOCK on the cover has no clock hands. It’s ironic, right? Swiss clocks are famous for their high quality because of the standard of their mechanism. They are made by hand and you can usually wear them for an entire lifetime. When you wear a Swiss watch, you carry hundreds of years of fine watchmaking tradition on your wrist. Also, Swiss clocks represent punctuality because as Swiss people like to say, Time is money.

And yet because of all the obstacles that my mum and I have experienced in Switzerland, we have lost many years. This is the reason for the missing clock hands! It's as if our life, time, and years were worth nothing and they toyed with our destiny and stole away way too many precious years.

There are fourteen little alarm clocks on the top of the cover! And the big one with our picture on it is the 15th on a pocket clock and it stands for the fifteen years that we survived as rejected refugees with limited opportunities and countless obstacles in the heart of Europe. For us, time stood still for way too long and we were help- and powerless and suffered and struggled and survived way too many seasons.

Around us are plenty of alarm clocks in deformed forms which remind us of Salvatore Dali’s masters’ works, my favorite artist of all time. The deformed shapes stand for the damaged, dysfunctional, troubling, hopeless, and fearful times in fifteen years of loneliness and social isolation. If you look carefully, you might discover images of my happy and carefree childhood, clueless about life challenges and cruel people! 


 

ENGLISH            GERMAN      ESPAGNOL

July 17, 2022

The Stolen Years in Zurich - The Memoir!


THE STOLEN YEARS IN ZURICH is the library version of my memoir DESTINATION FREEDOM. I have published it in the summer of 2019. A copy of it is available in selected libraries in GERMANY, AUSTRIA, SWITZERLAND, AND THE UNITED KINGDOM. 

But you can also order a copy exclusively on AMAZON. The ebook is available in several download stores in ENGLISHGERMAN and SPANISH.

ENGLISH Book Blurb: We lost everything we had and knew: our home, our existence, our family, mentality, identity, culture, and language. We came to a different country and faced an uncertain future. We believed and hoped to find a new home including freedom, justice, acceptance, tolerance, security, independence, happiness, and a bright future. But did we really get a fair chance to become part of our new country? Did we really get a chance to live a proper life and experience a hopeful future? Society expects a whole lot of refugees. They expect them to become perfectly integrated. But integration always involves: give and take. It is a two-way street. I ask myself: Who is going to take responsibility for my stolen childhood?

Fifteen years of psychic execution.
Fifteen years of mental torture.
Fifteen years of harassment by bureaucracy.
Fifteen years of loneliness.
Fifteen years of social isolation.
Fifteen years of helplessness.
Fifteen years of powerlessness.
Fifteen years of existential fear.
Fifteen years.
Fifteen chapters.
The Stolen Years In Zurich!



BUCHBESCHREIBUNG DEUTSCH: Wir haben alles verloren, was uns vertraut war: unser Zuhause, unsere Existenz, unsere Familie, Mentalität, Identität, Kultur und Sprache. Wir kamen in ein fremdes Land mit einer ungewissen Zukunft. Wir glaubten und hofften eine neue Heimat und alles, was damit zusammenhängt, zu finden: Freiheit, Gerechtigkeit, Akzeptanz, Toleranz, Sicherheit, Unabhängigkeit, Zugehörigkeit, Selbstwertgefühl und eine sorgenfreie Zukunft. Aber haben wir auch wirklich eine faire Chance bekommen? Haben wir eine Chance bekommen, um ein anständiges Leben zu führen? Von den Flüchtlingen wird viel erwartet. Es wird eine hundertprozentige Integration gewünscht. Aber wenn man von Integration spricht, dann darf man dabei einen wesentlichen Punkt nicht vergessen, dazu gehören immer zwei. Es ist ein Geben und ein Nehmen, keine Einbahnstraße. Nun frage ich mich: Wer wird die Verantwortung für meine gestohlene Kindheit übernehmen?

Fünfzehn Jahre Psychische Hinrichtung. 

Fünfzehn Jahre Seelische Folter.

Fünfzehn Jahre Schikanen der Bürokratie.

Fünfzehn Jahre Einsamkeit.

Fünfzehn Jahre Soziale Isolation. 

Fünfzehn Jahre Hilflosigkeit.

Fünfzehn Jahre Machtlosigkeit.

Fünfzehn Jahre Existenzangst.

Fünfzehn Jahre.

Fünfzehn Kapitel. 

Die Gestohlenen Jahre in Zürich!

ESPAGNOL: EN TRÁNSITO: DEL CIELO AL INFIERNO

Perdimos todo lo que teníamos y todo lo que conocíamos: nuestro hogar, nuestra existencia, nuestra familia, nuestra mentalidad, nuestra identidad, nuestra cultura y nuestro idioma. Vinimos a un país distinto y nos enfrentamos a un futuro incierto. Creíamos y esperábamos encontrar un nuevo hogar en libertad que comprendiera justicia, aceptación, tolerancia, seguridad, independencia, felicidad y un brillante porvenir. Pero ¿se nos dio verdaderamente una oportunidad justa para convertirnos en miembros de nuestro nuevo país? ¿Se nos dio en realidad la oportunidad de vivir una vida digna y de tener esperanzas de futuro?

La sociedad espera mucho de los refugiados. Espera que se integren a la perfección. Pero integrarse implica siempre dar y recibir. Es recíproco. Yo me pregunto: ¿Quién se va a responsabilizar de mi infancia robada?



This is the library version of DESTINATION FREEDOM. The list of libraries worldwide is here and will be updated regularly.




July 16, 2022

HumanityB4Nationality Petition response from Brussels!


Click here or on the letter below!
Letter page 1, Letter page 2, Letter page 3


Dear #HumanityB4Nationality Supporter

I have received an answer from Brussels!!!! You can read the letter here on my blog LilyAmis.Blogspot.com:

As expected it is a standard letter where they practically repeat and list all the problems and issues that I have already mentioned in my online petition.

The focus in this letter is mainly on the Ukraine war, while I have started this petition a year ago, months before this new refugee crisis in Europe.

Now I understand why people were negative about signing this petition. I guess I was naïve and hopeful for NOTHING! These refugee crises will continue whether we like it or not! Why? Because the people in power are making MONEY with war and destroying countries. They toy with innocent people’s lives and futures and benefit from their misery by gaining low-paid workers for their established and rich countries!

Nevertheless, I’m very grateful that I used my voice on this platform. It opened unexpected doors for me which allows me to continue my mission and be the Voice4Refugees.

Thanks to this petition I have released two songs. “80 Million People! and “Blood is always red!”. Both songs are available on all streaming platforms.

Thanks to the miracle of music, I have been able to reach more people worldwide with my song lyrics and this is just the beginning. My third song THE STOLEN YEARS, will be released on August 4th! It is inspired by my memoir THE STOLEN YEARS IN ZURICH and a very personal song.

The #HumanityB4Nationality petition may END on www.openpetition.eu with a meaningless response with only copy/pasted empty words, BUT I have also posted this (in German) on the Swiss petition platform “Act Campax, Make Changehappen”. This platform has no expiry date! This means if you want, you can sign the petition there as well and inform your family and friends who care about the plight of refugees and continue to be the voice for the voiceless.







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Sign for #HumanityB4NationalitySwiss platform (In German):

Thank you for your love and support and best wishes,

Lily Amis

Writer, Blogger, Lyricist, Voice4Refugees

www.LilyAmis.com - LilyAmis.blogspot.com 

July 12, 2022

Tune in Norway & Scandinavian countries!


Super excited to inform you that my song 80 Million People! will be airing from July 13 until July 19 at Gylne Hits Radio station.

Gylne Hits Radio (Golden Hits Radio) is an internet radio station, plays the greatest and most popular songs of all time, both English and Scandinavian hits. The station has around 18 000 listeners from Norway in a week and hundreds of listeners from other Scandinavian countries (Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Iceland, as well as the Faroe Islands, Greenland, and Åland) and Europe.

This is a great chance for my song to be discovered and heard in several European and Scandinavian countries that I have never been to yet!  It is an honor to be played next to international superstars and hits from artists such as Stevie Wonder, Phil Collins, Roxette, The Pet Shop Boys, and more great songs from my favorite music decade, the 80es!



Hope you enjoy listening to 80 Million People! Lily Amis featuring Thir13een

Airplay Central European Time: 01:33, 03:33, 05:33, 07:33, 09:33, 11:33, 13:33, 15:33, 17:33, 19:33, 21:33, 23:33  (plus/minus a few minutes)

About Gylne Hits Radio (80sClassic HitsOldies)

Gylne Hits Radio spiller de største og mest populære sangene gjennom tidene, helt tilbake fra 50-tallet og frem til i dag. Sanger mange husker, og gjerne vil høre igjen. Det vil også dukke opp noen overraskelser underveis, for å gi deg enda mer variasjon. Vi har også større utvalg av sanger enn de fleste andre kanaler i Norge, for å unngå at du hører samme sang for ofte.




June 24, 2022

Great article/review by ToneFlame Radio!


Who would have thought that only a week after my anti-war and anti-discrimination song “Blood is always red!” was written and recorded, another war would start in our wonderful Europe.

While I can't change the world with my songs, I can try to bring more awareness to serious issues with my song lyrics. So, I'm happy to let you know that my anti-war song is airing this month on ToneFlame Station.

I would also like to share an excellent article/review for "Blood is always red!" This is the link to the original article! 


"It is not hard to relate to what’s been on Lily Amis’ mind. It’s just a surprise to note how she always anticipates events with her insight into troubling times, and human suffering in general." 

TuneLoud Magazine

The minute, the single, “Blood is always red!” kicks in, no instrument outshines any other, with the net result being a harmonious, balance of enticing of electro-rhythm and hip-hop edginess.  The vocals are clear against the delicious cocktail of musical ingredients bouncing around it. The beat just can’t help itself from transporting you towards appealing sun-kissed coastlines, exotic islands and some desired dancefloor magic. British R&B/Soul singer, songwriter, and producer, Thir13een, wraps the sonic template in multiple layers of groove, melody and rhythm.


Lily Amis

Once your senses are allowed to distract attention from the all-round sonic goodness of “Blood is always red!”, and your consciousness locks in on the lyrics by Lily Amis, the song suddenly takes on a whole new meaning, without losing its sonic allure. “I look around me and all I see is misery. Why haven’t we learned anything from history? Our world is falling apart. Human crises! Refugee crises! Climate crises! Pandemic crises! What happened to compassion, love, and kindness?” asks Amis in the opening lines.

“A little taste of sweetness and understanding, an act of selfless love and forgiveness. That’s all we need to end this global madness! Violence, conflicts, and sponsored wars have never been a solution. Think twice, anything else is an illusion, a delusion, nothing but confusion,” continues the narrative, before hitting squarely on the chorus: “Chocolate matters! Caramel matters! Vanilla matters! All flavors matter. Remember, blood is always red, regardless of birthplace, nationality, and human race. It’s time to end global discrimination and hate!”

It is not hard to relate to what’s been on Lily Amis’ mind. It’s just a surprise to note how she always anticipates events with her insight into troubling times, and human suffering in general.

Similarly to her single 80 Million People!” which was officially released two days before the war outbreak in Ukraine, “Blood is always red!” was written and recorded a week before the same disastrous event. Both songs are meant to bring awareness about her online petition #HumanityB4Nationality for better rights for refugees at www.openpetition.eu/Hb4N.

Lily Amis is an Iranian born Children and YA writer, Blogger, Lyricist, and Voice4refugees. Forced to witness the horrors of war, she became a refugee at 10 years old and had to flee her home country of Iran. Therefore, she more than most, understands the atrocities humans are able to perpetrate on their own species.


Thir13een

The history books are filled with such nefariousness, and so is Lily Amis’ life experiences. Hence, she is able to write with authenticity, as well as both hindsight and foresight, affronting the anti-war and anti-discrimination themes of “Blood is always red!”

It’s almost needless to say, that the multiple skills of Thir13een adapt themselves effortlessly to Lily Amis’ lyricism. He did so with enormous success on “80 Million People!”, and replicates that result on “Blood is always red!”

Both tracks instantly feel like the most apt records for our time, in a manner that’s direct and honest. The latter track is even more expansive, performance-wise, as Thir13een raps and sings with equal dexterity.

Thir13een experiments with rhythm, tempo and pitch throughout the record, scaling down and layering up the vocals and beat. All the while, Lily Amis’ lyric sheet delivers the harsh realities we have to face and conquer, if we desire a better, more just world.



Lily Amis

“Blood is always red!” is not only an anti-war song, but also a song about unity and equality. I have experienced discrimination firsthand, mainly because of my country of birth (nationality) and religion. I have been reduced to a piece of paper for decades. First as an asylum seeker, later as a rejected refugee, and then of course as a foreigner. It is a non-ending battle against racism, discrimination, bullying and rejection. You have to prove yourself constantly, and you don’t realize how fast time flies and how much you miss on opportunities in life because of narrow-minded and condescending people. That’s why I ask in my song: “Why can’t we accept people the way they are, why do we have to make it so hard? People should be given the right to liberty, to live a happy life in dignity!” – Lily Amis


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June 23, 2022

EU, why don’t you treat the Refugees like dogs?


As you know from my previous blog post, last Saturday we finally sent out my petition letter #HumanityB4Nationality to Missis Ursula Von der Leyen, the President of the EU commission in Brussels.

On our way back home from the post office, we saw a lady walking by with her adorable little dog. I was very curious about the dog’s race and started a conversation. It turned out that the puppy was only five months old. Her owner explained that she had asked a friend who lives in Spain to contact her as soon as her dog was having puppies, so she would fly over and pick up her new baby dog. Nice story, right?

Well, that’s not the reason why I’m sharing this today! What she said next was mind-blowing! She told us how easy it was to get her puppy from Spain to Switzerland. After getting vaccinated and getting a vaccination certificate, she also applied and got an EU PASSPORT!!!

Yes, an EU Passport! Can you believe it? And when they landed at Zurich Airport, no one even cared to control and the little dog was welcomed in Switzerland with open arms and no hassle at all!

WOW! This got me thinking! A little dog has an EU Passport and is allowed to travel wherever she wants. She is allowed to live freely wherever she desires. What a privilege it is to be a DOG and enjoy all the freedom in the world, while innocent refugees are help- and powerless over their own destiny and life choices! Some of them are recycled in refugee camps. Others are stuck in refugee shelters in EU cities without any chance to improve anything in their life, because of a piece of paper.

It took me 27 years, almost three decades to be a naturalized Swiss and be finally free to travel wherever I want without Visa hassles at the Embassies. We couldn’t move from one city (Lucerne) to another (Zurich) for seven years, because of bureaucracy and the awful refugee law. We lost so many precious years, opportunities, and possibilities because we were permanently reduced to a piece of paper! And that’s the misery that all the refugees have to deal with. Some of them for years and some even for decades!

So, I’m just wondering why the EU can’t treat refugees like dogs? Why don’t you give the innocent victims of the war a fair chance to integrate and become independent members of the European countries? Why? It could save us all so many problems if every single human would be treated like a dog. It would be so wonderful if every single refugee could live a free life without racism and discrimination because of nationality, religion, and race!

Just give it some thought and imagine... 

For the love of God, if you are not willing to give the refugees a proper residency and work permits and allow them to contribute to your country with knowledge and skills, at least give them the chance to educate, because Education is the passport to life! Don’t punish and recycle the refugees like a disease in refugee shelters and refugee camps for years! 

June 19, 2022

My petition letter to the President of EU Commission!


Monday is WORLD REFUGEE DAY and I'm happy to inform you, that we have sent my online petition letter #HumanityB4Nationality to the EU Commission in Brussels yesterday. 

You can read the open letter in full length here. To be honest, I don't expect to receive a personalized answer. If we are lucky, we will probably receive a standard letter!!! We will see... whatever happens, I will keep you posted here! 

BTW: The petition has not ended yet. 42 days are remaining. So there is still time to sign and support #HumanityB4Nationality. The petition is available in English, German, Italian, French, and Spanish




Letter sent on 18. June 2022

Online Petition #HumanityB4Nationality at www.openpetition.eu

Dear Missis Ursula Von der Leyen

I hope this letter finds you well. I know that you have many things going on right now, but I have started my online petition #HumanityB4Nationality (in German #MenschlichkeitVorNationalität) back in August 2021. Who would have thought that a year later when I’m sending you this letter, Europe would be in the middle of a third world war and another refugee crisis! I could never have imagined that 80 years after World War II one single insane man would once again be able to destroy so many lives and be responsible for countless innocent deaths. The world is once again witnessing a shameful human crime. Unfortunately, we haven’t learned anything from history.

I have to admit, that I was hoping to have much more petition supporters, especially now after the Ukraine crisis. But the truth is that people who I have spoken to personally or had zoom conversations, email communications back and forth and on social media simply don’t believe in governments and lawmakers anymore. They also don’t believe that an online petition can change anything! I guess they are right but I am and I will always be the Voice4refugees and it is my duty and responsibility as a former-war refugee to bring awareness and use my voice for the voiceless.

I don’t expect my online petition and this open letter to you (that will also be published on www.openpetiton.eu) will change anything because I’m very well aware that too many powerful and greedy people benefit from the suffering and struggling of helpless refugees worldwide.

Also, if the refugee crisis would be taken care of, what would all the big and no-name  “Non-profit”-Organizations or charities do who are sitting in their fancy offices and working either “with” or “for” the refugees?

The previous months after the war outbreak in Ukraine have shown the world, that if governments really want to act fast and fair, it is possible to give humans in desperate need of safety and a chance to start over without bureaucracy and discrimination. The European countries have been exceptionally open, kind, loving, giving, supportive, and welcoming to Ukraine’s victims of war. People have opened their hearts and homes to complete strangers and that’s what I call humanity.

I wish Europe would treat refugees from outside of Europe the same way. Refugees do not choose their country of birth, nationality, skin color, gender, or religion. The way refugees from the Middle East have been treated in the previous decades is shameful. They are stuck in refugee camps or refugee shelters for years or even decades and nobody is doing anything! No one cares! They have become forgotten souls with no chance to escape from their misery. It has become normality to see these terrible images of tents with the UNHCR or UNICEF logo on it. BUT nothing about this living condition is normal! NOTHING!

The huge amount of money that European countries and their governments are donating to help the Ukrainian refugees is truly a miracle. The BIG question is where is all the money coming from? How come, those refugees from 2015 are still struggling and surviving in refugee camps under the most inhuman and disgusting living conditions with absolutely no sign of hope and support wide and bride?

How come no one was and is willing to help them to settle down and have a normal and safe life in dignity? Why didn’t governments donate this huge amount of money to help the millions of refugees coming from Syria, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, and co? All they did to this date was putting them away and give them tents and blankets! That’s it! Why? Well, the shameful answer is simple, because even refugees are being discriminated against and differently treated based on their birthplace, nationality, BUT especially skin color and religion!

What the UK is doing right now with its “Homes for Ukraine refugee scheme program” should have been the solution for all the refugees from 2015. Instead, the Muslim refugees have been treated like garbage, dirt, and disease and were forced to suffer in silence for way too many years/decades!

We are witnessing another HUMAN FAILURE in this century and I am ashamed of our incapable generation and corrupt governments who have failed in terms of humanity, empathy, solidarity, compassion, and kindness.

Thanks to the international media coverage and social media we are watching first-hand how billions are available by rich countries and world leaders to sponsor wars and create and develop new weapons to destroy innocent countries and their people's lives and futures. BUT for the refugees stuck in disgusting refugee camps or refugee shelters in European cities -  for years or even decades - there is NO money available to invest in their education and integration.

Why aren’t you giving these people who have already lost everything at least a fair chance to start over and become productive and taxpaying members of your society? WHY? Why are refugees being recycled like trash or treated as a disease and left alone without a tiny chance of improvement for integration? Why aren’t they getting the help and support that they deserve? WHY? Every single day that goes by is a human crime. Every single death is a disgrace to humanity!

Matthew Wright, an English television presenter, and former tabloid journalist said something that really touched my heart. On 15 June 2022, he was on ITV's Good Morning show (THIS MORNING) and the TV hosts Phillip Schofield, Holly Willoughby, and Mister Wright were having a conversation about the Rwanda Flight last-minute intervention. He asked why can’t we take responsibility and give the refugees a place of safety when we are THE ONES WHO DROP THE BOMBS AND DESTROY COUNTRIES like Syria, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, and co?

That's a legitimate question, isn’t it? WHY? Why don’t rich countries, governments, politicians, and powerful lawmakers who sponsor wars also take responsibility for their actions?

Why can’t people who have already lost innocently everything overnight be treated with kindness? Why don’t you support them while they are settling down, starting a new and challenging life from zero, overshadowed by obstacles of bureaucracy and discrimination with an uncertain future in a foreign country? Why don’t you care to help the victims of war while they are recovering from mental and/or physical nightmares?

Instead, the refugee law is discriminating, rejecting, punishing, and bullying refugees with bureaucracy, racism, and rejection! Muslim refugees are being treated worse than animals.

History has shown us and it is crystal clear to everyone that when you destroy a country by dropping bombs, you have to make a place for refugees! But again, we all know that rich countries use every chance to treat the helpless refugees in need worse than animals!

Speaking of animals, my online petition #HumanityB4Nationality is all about integration and education. Dogs are trained to do something meaningful, why not humans? Why are refugee children and youth abandoned and ignored? They are deprived of every possible opportunity when it comes to education and living an independent life in dignity. Instead, they are either wasting precious years of their lives in refugee camps or being used for dirty or corrupt jobs in European cities. WHY?

It makes me sick to my stomach, whenever I hear people talking about their concern for the next generation. I keep asking myself, what about the generation of today? According to UNICEF right now almost 37 million children are on the run and this number is excluding the refugee children from Ukraine! 37 Million Innocent CHILDREN! What have they done to deserve such punishment?

Missis Von der Leyen, I appeal to your humanity as a wife and a mother of seven children before I appeal to you as the President of the European Commission. Don’t you agree that the corrupt system has done enough damage to humanity? Don’t you agree that enough generations have suffered and lost precious years of their lives? Enough is enough and it is time for a change!

Missis Von der Leyen, not everyone is as privileged as you have been all your life long when it comes to fulfilling your dreams. You had the chance to educate yourself. You studied archeology before switching to economics and political science and finally finished a medical study and got your state examination and license to practice medicine. Despite being a mother and having seven children you made an exceptional and exemplary career as  Minister for Social Affairs, Women, Family and Health / Federal Minister for Family, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth / Federal Minister for Labor and Social Affairs, and Federal Minister of Defence before you became the President of the European Commission. You lived in different countries and had all the privileges and benefits that most people only dream of.

Now imagine how it would feel like if laws would have stopped you from achieving all these incredible milestones? Imagine if your children would have been stopped from further education by law? Imagine how it would feel like when you are ambitious but constantly reduced to just a piece of paper and your nationality! Imagine how painful it is when you can’t live the life that you want to the fullest just because of a piece of paper as an asylum seeker or temporarily tolerated refugee with only limited possibilities and opportunities. Imagine what mental torture it is to be only good enough for dirty jobs instead of having further education, making work experiences, and having a decent job in your field of interest and strength. Trust me, it is a living nightmare!

No wonder refugees in refugee shelters (in Switzerland) commit suicide. They can’t handle and fight this horrible system and the inhuman punishment and mental harassment!

As much as I appreciate every single person who supports the refugee cause, my mission is different. I don’t just use my Voice4Refugees. I know exactly how they feel and suffer because my mother and I suffered and struggled for ages. I lost my childhood, my teenager hood, and my adulthood because of the corrupt system and inhuman game with Muslim refugees. Only thanks to my mother’s incredible strong character, optimistic personality, and faith, the two of us did survive this horrible nightmare. But the cost was high because we lost so many precious years and only a “forced and loveless marriage” made it possible for me to overcome these horrible refugee obstacles. All I desperately wanted was to live an independent life and have a decent education and employment. That’s all I asked for. It took me 27 years to become a Swiss citizen. 27 Years!!!! Almost three decades. This is ridiculous! Who is taking responsibility for our stolen years? My stolen childhood? My stolen teenagerhood? My stolen life? My stolen dreams, desires, and goals? WHO? As if this was not enough, we were also trapped as refugees with no right to travel outside of Switzerland for 15 years! We couldn’t even make a day trip to Germany, one hour away from the Swiss-German border! We couldn’t even move from one city to another city in Switzerland.

 

Only thanks to my mother’s incredible support and belief in me, I managed to study web publishing, marketing, and public relations. I speak three languages and yet I was never good enough for a decent job employment. BUT all the rejections and humiliations by narrow-minded HRs working for condescending Swiss companies made me become who I am today. An independent writer, blogger, and Voice4Refugees.

I have written and published several books in English and German. This online petition even made me release two songs. “80 Million People!” and “Blood is always red!” The lyrics are powerful and a clear statement. And be assured that I will continue to be the Voice4refugees regardless of the outcome of this online petition, which is available in English, German, French, Italian, and Spanish.

My international supporters and I, deserve answers and solutions to end this corrupt refugee system. As you can see by the list of signatures, the #HumanityB4Nationality supporters are coming from all over the world (Germany, Austria, Italy, Croatia, Sweden, Belgium, France, the United Kingdom, and the United States), and I appreciate every single one of them.

I am open to a face-to-face conversation where we can discuss solutions! And this is what I demand with my online petition:

It is horrifying and heartbreaking to witness the government's lack of will to find a solution that is beneficial for everyone. Why is this issue causing headaches for these highly educated and overpaid people in the governments, non-profit organizations, and charities? Why is it so difficult to find a simple and helpful solution that ends this broken integration system once and for all? Why are people who have come to Europe to seek safety treated like outcasts? Instead of taking care of these innocent people, they are sent to abandoned buildings outside the city centers or punished like criminals in refugee camps. Asylum seekers and Refugees are treated as if they are terrorists with a disease who should be removed from society, punished, and given life sentences like prisoners.

We have witnessed this horrible humanitarian crisis for over a decade. It is time to make a fundamental change and rescue the refugees from their life of misery. Refugees deserve a life of dignity. Safety and privacy, housing and food, medical and sociological care, and guidance for participating in the legal asylum-seeking process.

When people claim asylum, having left their homes and loved ones to escape conflict and persecution, they are desperate to start their lives from zero again. But the Refugee Law today makes it impossible for them in every possible way. Those who end up in refugee camps suffer as well as those who make it to European countries.

Tents and blankets are not the long-term solutions. It is finally time to REALLY help the helpless. Asylum seekers, refugees, and displaced humans have already lost everything. They shouldn’t be punished. They shouldn’t suffer under horrifying and inhuman conditions in refugee camps or abandoned buildings. Depression, serious health and mental issues, and social isolation are the consequences.

Asylum seekers and refugees are suffering in their adopted countries in European countries because they have no right to proper education, employment, and integration. Depression, serious health and mental issues, and social isolation are the consequences.

Every human being who seeks asylum should have the right to proper education, integration, and work in their adopted country in Europe. Giving asylum seekers and refugees the right to work will strengthen people’s chances of being able to integrate into their new communities. It will allow them to live in dignity and to provide for themselves and their families. It will allow them to use their skills and make the most of their potential. It will improve the mental health of people in the asylum system.

That’s why refugees should be treated with respect. Every single person deserves to experience life in safety and dignity. Every single person should live a safe life in a house and not in a tent or an abandoned asylum house. Every single refugee deserves to thrive and not just survive! 

I demand the following for Refugees in Refugee Camps

Shut down the refugee camps.

Give the refugees a proper home.

Offer them legal advice in their asylum process.

Offer them health and mental care.   

I demand the following for Refugees in European Countries

I demand more rights for asylum seekers and refugees in education, employment, residence, and integration. A regular income and a proper residence permit reduce crime, poverty, and sham/forced marriages.

Asylum seekers and refugees in European countries should get a faster and more transparent asylum process. 

Please do not send us a standard letter! Also, please do not come up with the argument, that why should European countries and people take refugees from the middle-east? There are enough rich countries in the region that could take care of these help- and hopeless human beings. And yes, you are right. Filthy rich countries like Saudi Arabia, United Arabic Emirates, Oman and Yemen could and should act, BUT they aren’t the ones who dropped the bombs and destroyed the countries, families, and futures!

I hope you take the time to read my memoir THE STOLEN YEARS IN ZURICH, listen to my songs 80 MILLION PEOPLE! and BLOOD IS ALWAYS RED! and consider working on a solution that is beneficial for everyone and prove that change is possible if we treat humans with humanity and make #HUMANITYB4NATIONALITY the priority in the refugee law!

You are a very well-educated, intelligent, and powerful woman and mother and have all the possibilities to be THE ONE who rescues this innocent and helpless generation and their children from this misery!

Many thanks for your time. Looking forward to hearing back from you or even speaking to you in person.

Warm regards,

Lily Amis

Writer, Blogger, Lyricist, Illustrator & Voice4Refugees

www.Lily4Refugees.com


UPDATE LETTER DELIVERED IN BRUSSELS!