The Lily Amis Story

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The Lily Amis Story

Authored by Lily Amis
Designed by Lily & Sima Amis
Photographs by Sima Amis

The Lily Amis Story (Two in One including personal family pictures)

"Perhaps it may have been stay and face the bombing in our hometown, rather than endure a permanent fight for acceptance and dignity in a foreign country. From childhood through to my adult years, my freedom was stolen from me, just so that I could remain in Switzerland. This was my emotional suicide." Lily Amis

In summer 2015, the refugee crises became a global issue. However, Lily Amis had already experienced war as a child in the Eighties, growing up in a war zone and living from one day to another. However, her exposure to war and daily bombings seemed nothing compared to what she was faced with, living as a refugee in Switzerland for over two decades!

Rejection, humiliation, discrimination and constant fear of existence were a living punishment - from the moment Lily entered the country as a war-refugee until today, where she is now a Swiss Citizen. Lily tells how a life without human rights, freedom and dignity is really worth nothing!
The Lily Amis Story includes the two first published books of a memoir trilogy. Part One: Destination: Freedom and Part Two: Definition of Freedom. Based on true events, Lily writes about a happy childhood growing up with her loving grandparents until war changed everything. Leaving their hometown with only two suitcases and fear, Lily and her mom hope for a safe and happy future in Europe.

In Definition of Freedom, the follow-up story, Lily openly shares her experiences as a foreigner in Switzerland, where her life was constantly overshadowed by bureaucracy, discrimination, social isolation, unemployment and bullying. During the twenty-seven-year period waiting for her naturalization she experiences set-backs, betrayal and all-too-human disappointment. Despite everything, Lily and her Mom emerge stronger from every defeat and always fighting for their rights!

This is a heartfelt and brutally honest story, where Lily seeks acceptance and tolerance for all refugees entering Europe. This is her message to the world.

"The war-refugees didn't choose to become refugees. None of them created war. They are only helpless and innocent victims of people in power, who make a fortune selling weapons and destroying countries and families. Instead of toying, support these refugees and include them, rather than isolate them. Refugees are not a disease; they are human beings with the same desires as everyone else. Give them a life; give them the chance to build independence with dignity. Give them a future. Treat them the way you'd like to be treated in desperate times! Respect, acceptance and tolerance are the magic words of kindness!"

What readers say about part 1 "Destination:Freedom":

"...anyone looking to get a taste of the real life, gritty experiences which i imagine are all too common for the world's many displaced peoples, should start right here with this book."

"I highly recommend this book, which is beautifully written with an honesty and passion to bring justice to other refugees like Ms. Amis"

"A great memoir! One I would highly recommend as this is a relevant and topical subject even now today."

"Heartbreaking, honest - a light shining on the difficult topic of war and leaving home to seek a better life"

"A moving true story of young girl and her Mom and the challenges they face as they leave their country with all the hopes and dreams of creating a new life in the west, only to repeatedly come up against the forces of bureaucracy and racism. A powerful read."

What readers say about part 2 "Definition of Freedom":

"I recommend this book, which is written honestly and with so much passion to bring awareness to all victims of bullying."

" A moving memoir with many important global topics such as bullying, dealing and fighting depression and much more. "

"It takes allot of courage to open-up your heart and soul and bring awareness to topics that most people are ashamed of!"

Publication Date:
1534780947 / 9781534780941
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Biography & Autobiography / Women

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