Yates Community Center continues helping through new parenting classes

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By Ruth Oliver Parents and children alike walk on the creaky wooden floors of the Yates Community Center during the average week. Children run to their pre-kindergarten class while parents work on English, sewing and computer skills upstairs. This summer parents can add another class to their schedule. The center, located at 32nd and Davenport >

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Cars a challenge on road to independence

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By Travis Shafer Everyone has somewhere to go. Work. School. Home. The grocery store. The golf course. Finding out where to a person needs to go is relatively simple. Finding out how to get there can be a bit more difficult. Refugees and immigrants face special challenges when it comes to transportation. Being new to

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Karen refugee student takes her role in stride

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By Matthew Masin Paw Spai Moo has lived more of her life inside a refugee camp than anywhere else. She and her family fled from their home in Burma to a refugee camp with homes made of bamboo when Paw Spai Moo was just a 1-year-old. They ate United Nations-provided rice and fish paste for

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Seeking U.S. citizenship a complicated decision

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By Damien Croghan Is attaining citizenship always desirable for immigrants in the United States? It’s often assumed that immigrating to the U.S. directly correlates with becoming a citizen. And for most, that is the goal. For some immigrants, such as Bhavini Gopaldas, it was a necessity. But for others, such as Anitra Akmeemana, gaining citizenship

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For artist, first the bills must be paid

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. Video, text and photographs by Cara Wilwerding Even after 14 years in the United States, Assad Komi still can’t make a living doing his heart’s work. Komi left the Nuba Mountain region of Sudan, where war was a reality as long as he could remember, to start a better life for his wife, son

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World comes together at Bryan Health

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By Anna Gronewold Free chips and salsa are being offered today, on a long table in the middle of the cafeteria next to a poster advertising 3D mammograms. Hawa Mohamed, 58, swirls a corn chip in her Tupperware of lentil soup from home. “What are these for?” she asks Niabiey Riek, 43, who is sitting […]

May 12, 2014 at 7:48 am


Omaha Karen to build their own church

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By Shelby Wade In the back room of the Mount View Presbyterian Church in Omaha rests a poster depicting a beautiful brown brick church, set on sprawling green lawns. The drawing shows three soccer fields on one side of the building, a large parking lot on the other. The new building—the Karen Christian Revival Church—will […]

May 4, 2014 at 2:35 pm

Our Stories

Final letter becomes her published life story

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. Audio, text and photographs by Frannie Sprouls . . Ruth Marimo’s laughter rings above the partygoers in House of Loom. She sits at a high table, stacks of her memoir OUTsider next to her. Pen in hand, she signs the inside cover of a book while talking with a friend. Her children, Chido, 9, […]

May 2, 2014 at 12:53 pm

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