Mosaic graphic: the refugee process

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By Eric Bertrand Syrian refugees—whether the United States should allow them into the country and how difficult it is for them to receive clearance—have been in the news lately. The U.S. House of representatives has passed a bill to limit Syrian refugees from gaining refugee status in the U.S. This graphic offers a quick look >

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Pastor travels far to find his answer and, eventually, his own church

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By Kollin Miller A small room is lined with about a hundred chairs. Split into two sections with rows of six, seven, eight or nine. A small wooden table serves as an altar, and a large wooden cross with a stained-glass center stands behind it. People start to trickle in, and soon, nearly every chair >

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Everyone’s talking about South Omaha’s Aguek Arop. Everyone except Aguek Arop.

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By Megan McGill Fourth Quarter On a corner of 38th Street in South Omaha resides an old white house. It hides behind an old oak tree, whose branches cover the front porch. The house is lined with a silver fence that encloses the small front lawn. A single detached garage sits on the side. In >

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Mother, daughter race to graduate college

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By Flora Zempleni Lailoma Ayubzai and her daughter, Tamana, are competing to see who can graduate college first. At the moment, Ayubzai is ahead of Tamana by a few semesters. For the 48-year-old refugee, being in college at all is a huge accomplishment. She didn’t think she would ever be able to go back to

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Friends since school, two find way to do more

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By Bailey Neel For refugees who come to this country with nothing, it takes just a few people to make all the difference. People willing to give money, time and energy to complete strangers. Lutheran Family Services, Catholic Services and other organizations count on these people to help refugees transition to a new country and

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Yazidi teen finds dreams really can come true

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By Mara Klecker It’s early afternoon in Sheikhan, Iraq, in spring 2003. Two girls—5 and 7 years old—play in the yard. They run between the orange trees and the grape vines and they are both laughing. They don’t know why, but their mother won’t let them play beyond the fence line. She’s worried all the

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A chance to celebrate a new start in a new home

Sundos Elias stands next to the U.S. Flag at the CFPIN Citizenship Celebration.

By Doug Norby Sundos Elias and her family fled their home in Iraq to escape persecution by the group known as ISIS, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. They are Yazidi, a people who have long been persecuted in the region. “Every day in Iraq we were afraid to go outside,” Elias said. “I

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Tours shine spotlight on immigrant businesses

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By Jeffrey Renken Mexico, Africa and East Asia are thousands of miles apart, but their food is within walking distance of one another in one neighborhood of Lincoln, Nebraska. Around 27th and Vine Streets, a variety of stores offer immigrants a taste of home and Nebraskans a chance to try something new. A recent tour […]

November 5, 2015 at 8:43 am


‘Lost Boy’ dreams of helping back in Sudan

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By Eric Bertrand The lights flashed on. The crowd of about 25 people at the Calvary Community Church in Nebraska City, Nebraska, had just finished spending nearly two hours watching a movie, and as the projector’s humming ceased, it was like the sound had been sucked from the room. The movie, “The Good Lie,” starred […]

October 31, 2015 at 10:24 am


For my family, it’s all in a name

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By Kollin Miller Kollin Kessler Miller. That’s my full name. When I tell people, I often get a confused expression. “Kessler?” they say. “That’s a weird middle name.” I tell them it was my maternal grandma’s maiden name. A grandma that died long before I was born. A grandma that has my same birthday, July […]

October 11, 2015 at 2:56 pm

Our Stories

Museums preserve past immigrant cultures

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By Erika Kime Museums are a place to preserve history, and cultural museums are places to preserve the history of unfamiliar cultures. In Nebraska, a variety of unfamiliar cultures are being preserved by the museums in Omaha and Lincoln. The American Historical Society of Germans from Russia Museum and Library in Lincoln and the Czech […]

May 11, 2015 at 11:11 am

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