A welcome may be the first thing Central American children need

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By Maranda Loughlin Making the journey to America was never just an option for Oscar Rios Pohirieth. At the age of 5 he’d already made up his mind: One day, he was going. As a young boy, Pohirieth would stare, baffled, as Mexican immigrants traveled back on family visits from the United States. They would >

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Lincoln’s Yazidis unite to fight latest–and maybe worst–persecution

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By Kathleen Anderson and Aaron Bowles Their stories are almost too horrific to believe. Bodies lie in the streets of abandoned villages, with no one to bury them. Peaceful people are murdered with knives so dull they couldn’t even be used to slice raw meat. Parents desperately beg for food to take back to their >

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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

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Meet the fall 2014 Mosaic reporters

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  A new crop of reporters have joined Nebraska Mosaic, and their first step into reporting about new Americans has been to track their own immigrant past. They discovered that some of their ancestors came on the Mayflower, and others fought against one another in the U.S. Civil War. They learned that their forebears traveled

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Food trucks offer low-cost business plan

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By Lee Kreimer Minh Nguyen grew up around food. Nguyen, 36, was born to Vietnamese immigrants in Chicago, and the flavors of his parents’ sandwich shop, Saigon Bida, remain important memories from his childhood. Three decades later, in 2011, Nguyen and his wife, Linda, escaped the fast-paced lifestyle of Chicago and moved to Lincoln. The

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Head Start gives children just that

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By Faris Pirali Caitlin Phelps, a Kham interpreter with LanguageLinc, smiled at a child who was playing outside an apartment building in Lincoln, Nebraska, and called his name: Hang Thawn. Hang Thawn is 5 years old and lives here with his parents, his two brothers, ages 13 and 2, and his two sisters, ages 4

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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


Faiths ‘Americanize’ after resettlement

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By Dan Holtmeyer Adnan Al-Jabiry sang an Arabic prayer into the microphone, the words never settling on one note for long as they praised Muhammad and Allah. About 20 other men knelt in orderly rows, now and then touching their foreheads to small, flat stones on the carpet as they added their own voices to […]

December 11, 2012 at 9:09 am


My family fled to the Promised Land

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By Kaylee Everly This is a story about a priest, a poacher and me. The story dates back to the 1880s, during the great migration from Europe. My family didn’t just come to the Promised Land. They fled to it. We are mostly Germans on my dad’s side, with a few Irish and some Norwegians. […]

September 26, 2014 at 2:22 pm

Our Stories

Childbirth: Universal story varies by culture


By Amanda Mobley Guenther Every day, around the world, some 370,000 babies are born. The birth of each of those children creates a memorable story, each told in the universal language that welcomes new life through childbirth. Although those birth stories have common elements, regardless of culture or language, the childbirth rituals themselves can vary […]

November 13, 2013 at 6:21 pm

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