As a former war refugee in the eighties, I know exactly how the refugees feel today. I also know what a difficult and challenging journey they have ahead.
Once they arrive in their host country, rejection and indignity are just the beginning of a lifelong battle dealing with bureaucracy, discrimination and isolation.
As we all know, the issue of refugees and immigration has taken on urgency in the previous years. Not a day goes by that this delicate and “annoying”
topic isn’t covered by the international media.
It is horrifying and heartbreaking to witness the governments incapable of finding 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 these helpless people treated like dirt?
Instead of taking care of these innocent people, they are sent to abandon buildings outside of the city centers. They are treated as if they are
terrorists with a disease and who should be removed from society, punished and sentenced for life like prisoners.
Most refugees struggle for decades to get a permanent permission, like we did. Others struggle to find work despite having legal refugee status,
which leads to difficulty finding a decent home and build a normal life and independent future. So, it is no surprise that young refugees see no
solution other than to end up being homeless and doing criminal activities, such as prostitution and drug dealing.
Of course, the best solution to avoid the immigrants and refugees is to STOP creating war. But we know this won’t happen as long as
there are power-hungry countries that benefit from this business and make a fortune by selling weapons!
But as I always say, there is a solution to every problem. If plan A isn’t working, try out plan B. After 30 years of struggling with the
asylum/refugee/foreigner system in a narrow-minded and prejudice country like Switzerland, its finally time for me to speak out and be the
Voice for the Voiceless.
Decades ago my mother and I experienced this failing system; first as asylum seekers, then as “tolerated” refugees with NO legal status or
rights, and later as rejected adult foreigners.
But the solution is simple. Treat everyone the way you like to be treated, especially in times of need and desperation.
Every human being should have the right to a life in dignity regardless of nationality, skin color, gender identity, religion and
level of education. Every human being should be treated with respect and kindness. Every human being has their strengths and talents.
Focus and nurture them instead of looking down on people and judging them by their life story, weakness and insecurity.
People are like the fingers on your hand. Each one is different and individual and yet they are connected and need each other to function.
Do not stop people from further education in their field of interest and strength. Do not force people to do your dirty and low-income jobs.
If someone is already down, you don’t have to kick them too. Instead, help them up.
According to the latest news and numbers in the Swiss media, only every fourth refugee in Switzerland is able to work and earn money.
All others are forced to survive with social welfare. More than half of 93,000 refugees are under thirty. Around 50 percent of the
refugees have only a simple school degree from their home country. Not allowing these refugees to integrate from day one is counter-productive for everyone.
The longer these people are ignored the longer the governments have to support them financially.
According to the latest news and numbers in the Italian media, of the 154,000 people migrated to Italy in 2017 and 84,000
applied for asylum. The Italian government placed less than 20,000 of those into integration programs where they learn the
Italian language and get assistance for job placements.
Our motto is: Education means independence and independence means liberty. Helping one person might not change the whole world or solve
the refugee crises, but it could change the world and future for one talented and devoted person! Don’t forget that Albert Einstein was also a refugee!
In 2005, when I self-published my memoir the first time in English and in German, I’ve contacted several people worldwide to bring awareness
about the refugee issues when it comes to education and employment. People like Bill and Melinda Gates, Hillary Clinton, Maria Shriver Schwarzenegger,
Mrs Blair, Sir Cliff Richard and Mohammad Al Fayed all responded with empathy but no interest in supporting my scholarship program.
2015: A decade later refugees have become a global responsibility, and it is our duty to find an international and humanitarian solution.
It is our duty to give them stability, security and a future with possibilities and opportunities.
2020/2021: I was planning an online petition in 2020, when Covid19 changed everything!
So I have decided to support international charities in this field instead. Therefore LILY4REFUGEES is no longer on FB and Twitter. Follow
@Lily.Amis on Instagram.
August 2021: I have decided that it is time for CHANGE. And despite my reservation about starting a petition in this challenging times that everyone
is facing everywhere, I've started HUMANITY BEFORE NATIONALITY.
Please visit my petition page to support the refugees! The petition is available in English, German, Italian, French and Spanish and will be extended
until August 2022!
For people living in Switzerland, I have published my petition #HumanityB4Nationality on the Swiss petition platform
Please sign and support, if you care about human rights and dignity. Thank you for your love & support! Dankeschön. Merci. Grazie.
Six months have passed ever since I have started my online petition #HumanityB4Nationality. Unfortunately only 40 people have signed it to this date.
So now Im hoping that the miracle of music and the power of lyrics will make people understand the refugees misery.
After writing song lyrics for over a decade, I have finally released my first music project.
The following press release was sent out to 500+ news websites, TV & Radio, Trade/Industry, national and International News sites to bring
awarness about my online petition #HumanityB4Nationality as well as to the song and its message to the world!
My song "80 Million People!" is dedicated to all the voiceless refugees worldwide!
This is the official video with lyrics. I hope you like and share it!
I cant believe that only two days after my song release "80 Million People!" a new war (probably the third war war in Europe) has started!
My second song "Blood is always red!" was not suppose to be released until May 2022, but the lyrics are powerful and my way of showing my support with the
innocent people in war zone!
This is the official video with lyrics. I hope you like and share it!
May 2022: Lilys Ambassadors - Lilys Botschafter - Worldwide Release - 22.5.22 in English and German!
God is my witness, I have tried everything in my power to make my online petition #HumanityB4Nationality successful, but it has been very challenging
to get signatures. Not necessarily because people don’t care about the right 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 co.
Releasing my book “Lilys Ambassadors”, in German “Lilys Botschafter” is my final initiative before the petition ends in July 2022.
Lilys nine Ambassadors are Lucky, Lovely, Lucie, Lemon, Leonardo, Laila, Ludwig, Louise, and Lennon. The adorable story tellers 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.
Currently Art for Refugees donates 50% of all profits to Choose Love: Help Refugees, one of
the UK’s leading charities providing support for refugees and displaced communities, and 50% to
Action Foundation, an award-winning charity based in Newcastle upon Tyne who support refugees,
asylum seekers and other migrants to integrate successfully into the community and lead more independent and resilient lives.