After my recent Zoom interview with the lovely Kayra Martinez, the founder of the American organization “Love Without Borders for Refugees”, I had sleepless nights. Even though I just recently decided to put my online petition plans (after three years) aside, I realized that I just can’t do it!
I can’t hear about the suffering of helpless refugees stuck in refugee camps, watch the news about the horrible life and work conditions of refugees in European countries and just stay silent and ignore it all, just because Covid19 has changed the world and people's willingness to support others.
We have always been living in a shallow and selfish world, but unfortunately, Covid19 has made people even more selfish, which is understandable because everyone is struggling in one or another way, be it mentally, emotionally, physically, or financially.
AND YET…. we are still living a more privileged life than millions of innocent war victims around the globe! Asylum-seekers, refugees, and displaced humans were already living in hell before this pandemic and the recent crises in Greece and Afghanistan. But now everything is even worse and it is thoughtless, heartless, and selfish to ignore the misery of these voiceless and helpless people.
So on July 30th, I published my online petition with the title “Humanity Before Nationality” on Change.org. Unfortunately, the page had technical issues and was user-unfriendly. So I ended the petition on this platform and started it at openpetition.eu on August 1th 2021.
THE PETITION PROCESS
In the first week, I have contacted 70 active organizations, that I followed on Instagram who are working “with” or “for” refugees and not one single person has signed the petition yet. I have contacted a handful of relatives and not one single person has signed it yet. So I thought I should probably translate my petition into other languages.
In the second week, I sent DM on Twitter and Facebook to organizations and charities that are working "with" or "for" refugees. But unfortunately, the 300 Twitter accounts seem to be inactive accounts. Their last postings were in 2020 before the pandemic. Facebook Groups seem to be inactive as well. But I keep posting and sharing.
On August 12th I have published the petition in French!
On August 15th I have posted the first blog post on the petition page and send out my first email newsletter!
On August 25th I have opened a public Telegram channel for the petition to keep you in the loop. You find us here! Please join us and invite your contacts to be part of it as well. Make sure to download Telegram from the official website or update it to the latest version, using this link.
On August 28th I have published a "Step-by-Step Guide" here on my blog for those who have difficulties with signing the petition.
On August 29th I have posted the second blog post on the petition page!
On September 3th I closed our new Telegram Channel. After reading the blog post "How to Get Members for Telegram Channel", I have decided that managing the petition page itself is challenging enough. I honestly have no desire and interest in buying "fake" or "real" followers for such a serious cause! Who am I to fool myself and our amazing petition supporters so far.
FYI: This post will be a "featured post" on the right sidebar of my blog for the next months. I will update it and inform you about the petition process, which I already know won’t be an easy one. I may fail but at least I’m trying. That’s all I can do, even though it looks as if this goal is a mission impossible!
Also, I won't be posting on Instagram @Lily4Refugees anymore. It is a waste of time. If you like to stay in the loop, please visit my blog and check out the updates in this post! Thank you. Danke. Merci. Grazie.
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