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.


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


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



June 18, 2022

My petition #HumanityB4Nationality!

I like to remind you that my online petition #HumanityB4Nationality is coming soon to an end. And this was my last blog post on the petition page before I send out my letter to the President of the EU Commission Ursula Von der Leyen

Dear #HumanityB4Nationality Supporter

This is my last blog post here before I send my online petition to the EU Parliament in Brussels next month. God is my witness, I have tried everything in my power to get more signatures. Unfortunately, we only got 59 supporters to this date!

It has been very challenging to get more signatures. Not necessarily because people don’t care about the right and plight of refugees, but mainly because they have lost their trust in our governments. Most people that I have contacted or spoken to, have a negative view of online petitions because of our world leaders, lawmakers, governments, and politicians. And let’s be honest, who can blame them?

This doesn’t change anything for me personally. I will continue to be the voice for the voiceless, and I make sure that we don’t receive a standard letter from the EU. I will list questions and I expect honest and useful answers!

So if you have any questions that you want to be answered, this is the time to be active. Please don’t hesitate to send me your questions and I will add them to my own before I send out the letter next month!

BTW: I have also contacted big and no-name non-profit organizations and charities worldwide who work WITH or FOR refugees and guess what, no one showed any interest in supporting my mission to this date! Precious hours of long and exhausting Zoom conversations and email communications back and forth were all for nothing!

However, my main goal with #HumanityB4Nationality has always been bringing awareness about the obstacles and horrible living conditions of refugees from the point of view of a former refugee who has suffered and struggled for decades because of the refugee law regarding education and integration.

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. Releasing my new book “Lilys Ambassadors”, in German “Lilys Botschafter” is my final initiative for this petition even though it will officially end in July 2022 here on openpetition.eu.

Be assured that I will continue to be the Voice4refugees regardless of the outcome of this petition. Thank you again for your support. My next blog post here will be my open letter to the EU. Stay tuned!
Best wishes,
Lily Amis

Lilys Ambassadors, The Four Paw Memoirs
Lily's nine Ambassadors are Lucky, Lovely, Lucie, Lemon, Leonardo, Laila, Ludwig, Louise, and Lennon. The adorable storytellers were born during and after the lockdown in 2020 and 2021.

Everything began with Lucky. Meanwhile, eight more enchanting characters are sharing their amusing and inspiring life stories with important messages. Integration, Acceptance, Tolerance as well as anti-discrimination, anti-racism, anti-bullying, friendship, humanity, empathy, and education are the most powerful topics in this entertaining book for children from eight to adult readers.

Lilys Botschafter, Die Vier Pfoten Memoiren
Lilys neun Botschafter sind Lucky, Lovely, Lucie, Lemon, Leonardo, Laila, Ludwig, Louise und Lennon. Die süßen Hundekinder wurden während und nach dem Lockdown im Jahr 2020 und 2021 geboren.

Alles begann mit Lucky und inzwischen teilen weitere acht bezaubernde Charaktere ihre humorvollen und inspirierenden Lebensgeschichten, die wichtige Botschaften beinhalten. Integration, Akzeptanz und Toleranz sowie Anti-Diskriminierung, Anti-Rassismus, Anti-Mobbing, Freundschaft, Menschlichkeit, Empathie und Bildung sind die wichtigsten Themen in diesem unterhaltsamen Buch für Kinder ab acht Jahren und Erwachsene.

June 15, 2022

Great article/review by Tuneloud Music Magazine!

Ever since my song "80 MILLION PEOPLE!" was released in February 2022, our world has changed drastically. Who would have thought that we would face another war and refugee crisis in Europe just two days after my song release! 

While I can't change the world with my songs, I can try to bring more awareness to the plight of refugees. So, I'm happy to let you know that my song4refugees is airing this month on TLHITRADIO STATION! 

I would also like to share an excellent article/review for 80 Million People! This is the link to the original article! 

 "The lyricist does not waste time with ornamental writing, her prose cuts directly to her core message, which states facts and real-life situations. She is seriously searching for a change in global attitudes and loads the song with as much powerful imagery as she can. " 
Tunedloud Magazine 

Music is a powerful tool. It can change people’s lives. It can be a voice for those who have none, it can be a wake-up call for people who are in denial about vital social or political issues, and it can be a way to make an impact on the world. Music has always been used as a form of protest, but today we see more and more artists using their music to address social issues such as refugees and immigration. The refugee situation coming from the war in Ukraine is amongst the worst humanitarian crisis we have experienced in recent times. Nevertheless, we have already seen this phenomenon generated by conflicts in countries like Syria, Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq, and have probably done very little ourselves to alleviate the plight of the refugees.

Lily Amis

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.

Escaping the Iran-Iraq war, which started in 1980, Lily has been able to find peace abroad. Yet, even after more than three decades, the songwriter says her mind is still fresh with the memory of the carnage. Making it clear that the scars of war never really heal, and are always there lurking in your subconscious.

“The sound of the bombs dropping has stayed with me. It was like a firework, and even now after more than 30 years, when everyone is happy about fireworks, it still sounds to me like those bombs dropping,” explains Lily Amis, who has really taken the plight of refugees to heart. To the extent that during the pandemic she took the time to write the lyrics for the song “80 Million People!” which is performed by British R&B and Soul singer, songwriter, and producer, Thir13een, and currently available on all major streaming platforms.

“Twenty-twenty has been a crazy year for all of us. A pandemic crises has taken a toll on children and adults. Uncertainty was troubling our mind. Fear of the future was causing sleepless nights. What we have been experiencing is nothing new. 80 million people forcibly displaced. This is the tragedy of our human race. 26 million refugees facing the same fate. Trapped in refugee camps with no sign of hope. No sign of hope,” recites the song in its opening lines, unfolding Lily Amiss’ writing style.

The lyricist does not waste time with ornamental writing, her prose cuts directly to her core message, which states facts and real-life situations. She is seriously searching for a change in global attitudes and loads the song with as much powerful imagery as she can.  


Now you know how it feels like to be powerless. Now you know how it feels like to feel helpless. Now you know…” sings Thir13een, his crystal clear voice resonating and conscious of its place in a world that seems in desperate need of healing.

“80 Million People!” captures the full range of Thir13een talent’s, as he comfortably bonds with Lily Amis’ lyrics, making strident calls-to-action. “The horrible side effects of this pandemic, is nothing in comparison to surviving in refugee camps. 80 million people are struggling to survive, to stay alive,” sings Thir13een. His vocals are eloquent and lilting, while the music is vibrant, smooth and layered, but never overwhelming, allowing the expressive words from Lily Amiss’ conscious pen to echo in our minds and hearts.

“80 Million People!” was officially released two days before the war outbreak in Ukraine, which proves that for Lily Amis this is not an attempt to straddle trends, but a lifelong aspiration. Lily has also captured her own experience as a refugee, in a memoir titled Destination: Freedom (also published as The Stolen Years In Zurich), and is currently responsible for an online petition – #HumanityB4Nationality, which seeks to change the refugee law regarding education and integration rights worldwide.



(English petition for #HumanityB4Nationality)




June 06, 2022

Tune in Brazil!

Super excited to inform you that my song and the official video of BLOOD IS ALWAYS RED! will be on air on six radio stations and one online TV Network in Brazil! 

One of the stations is all about spreading love to the world! A Radio station that spreads love through music no matter what genre. And let’s face it our damaged and broken society needs love and kindness more than ever before!

BLOOD IS ALWAYS RED is all about unity and equality! Now more than ever we need to be human, kind, understanding, compassionate, supportive, and accept everyone no matter what! 

I hope the wonderful listeners in Brazil will enjoy my meaningful song! A massive Thank you and "obrigada" at the stations for supporting BLOOD IS ALWAYS RED!