"80 Million People!" A song for the refugees
Europe is currently in one of the worst crises of the last 80 years. The Russian aggressor is bringing unimaginable suffering and bloodshed to the people of Ukraine. The cohesion and helpfulness of the free world and especially Europe is unprecedented. Artists are also appalled by the terrible situation. Like Lily Amis from Zurich, a former refugee from Iran. She released her first song, "80 Million People!" just 2 days before the outbreak of war and the Russian invasion of Ukraine, to refer to her online petition #HumanityB4Nationality to bring attention to the plight of the refugees. Little did she know what refugee crisis would face Europe again.
A wake-up call for the privileged people
The Iranian-born Swiss writer hopes that the miracle of music and the power of her lyrics will be a wake-up call for privileged people who often still have a negative view of refugees and little or no sign of empathy, understanding, or support for their terrible living conditions. Lily, who left her war-torn home when she was 10, says "Being a refugee is hell on earth".
A heartbreaking story
The story of Lily Amis is heartbreaking - she left home and wandered desperately with her mother in search of a safe haven. Imagine bombs falling and air raid sirens sounding all around them. A country where the only hope of survival is to leave your homeland, maybe forever.
Driven from their homes because they are no longer safe, refugees make the decision to leave with heavy hearts and, in many cases, fear of the further dangers they may encounter on their journey to safety abroad to search.
As a refugee, Lily herself fought the sadness of leaving behind everything she knew. Her grandparents, friends, school, and home - and that at the age of only 10 years.
Lily says she still carries the scars of that traumatic time. But life as a refugee afterward is much worse than the war itself and the bombs. You are punished for your whole life. The struggle for acceptance, tolerance, integration and a life of constant existential fear and uncertainty due to bureaucratic hurdles in the asylum country is worse than the fear of dying in war. In her heartbreaking memoir "The Stolen Years in Zurich", the author tells openly and honestly about her journey of suffer in silence!
The song “Blood is always red!”, an anti-war and anti-discrimination song, will be released on 3/22/22
Her second song entitled "Blood is always red!" is a hymn to humanity, so she asks:
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?
The song is performed by British R&B and soul singer, songwriter, and producer Thir13een from London. "Blood is always red!" is a clear call for empathy, kindness, and nurturing the world's collective humanity. The theme of the song is now more topical than it was before.
Remember, blood is always red
regardless of birthplace, nationality, and human race
It’s time to end global discrimination and hate!
The Iranian-born, Swiss children's and youth book author, blogger, poet, and voice4refugee Lily Amis, who now lives in Zurich, experienced the horror of fleeing violence and war first-hand. Lily became a refugee at the tender age of 10, witnessing the horrors and chaos of the Iran-Iraq War that broke out in 1980. Even after more than three decades, the songwriter says the memory of the carnage is still fresh in her mind. She will never be able to forget the traumatic experiences during the war, but also the decades of struggle as an unwanted and rejected war refugee in Switzerland.
The songs "80 Million People!" and "Blood is always red!" written by Lily Amis is a hymn to humanity. The poet, who was born in Tehran and grew up in Switzerland, fled from the horrors of war at the age of 10, makes a clear statement with both titles. It is a call for empathy, kindness, and nurturing the collective humanity of the world. The themes of the two songs are now more topical than they were before. The Swiss hopes for support for her online petition "HumanityB4Nnationality"
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