Asian Center hosts winter clothes drive


By Justin Perkins With the sudden onset of snow and cold weather this year, Nebraskans have once again been reminded of the harshness and unpredictability of our weather. And while for most residents this can simply mean reaching for an extra coat or pair of warmer shoes, there are still many in Lincoln who lack >

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At Clinic With a Heart, care and caring

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By Jordan Tate Clinic With a Heart, a healthcare facility nestled near downtown Lincoln, Nebraska, offers medical advice and diagnoses for refugee and low-income citizens, along with a very unique approach to healthcare. Patients aren’t asked to provide health insurance information or payment options because all of the services provided here are completely free. In >

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Tragedy interrupts lives of U.S. Yazidis

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By Aaron Bowles Hadi Pir, Haider Elias and Murad Ismail found their ways to America after working with the U.S. Army as translators during the Iraq war in 2003. For Pir, coming to America meant leaving behind the troubles of home and creating a new life in Lincoln for himself and his family. It meant >

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For now, refugee is safe—but not yet home

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  By Kathleen Anderson Taalo Khudhur is, in many ways, a man without a home—or, perhaps more accurately, a man caught between two homes. His first home, Iraq, no longer exists as he remembers it. And his new home, America, is still too foreign to really feel like one. In the Iraq of Khudhur’s youth,

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Yazidi dreams not for himself but for family

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By Justin Perkins His apartment in Lincoln, Nebraska, is sparse and ordinary. At its center is a small kitchenette hinged to a living room, with two sets of bedrooms winged out to each side. The walls are plain and white. Two jet black couches stand out in contrast in the middle of the room, balanced

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Getting stuck just beginning of his story

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By Maranda Loughlin Oscar Rios Pohirieth is a man of many titles. To his students, he is their teacher. To the immigrant families in Lincoln, he is their friend. And to the city, he is a contributor of the arts. But long before any of those, Pohirieth was a dreamer, imagining himself in the United

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Karen refugee finds ‘everything’ in U.S.

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By Kelsey Haugen Knae Eh clicked to the next slide in his presentation: two starkly different photos of his then 2-year-old daughter, Karenna. In one, she looked sad, sitting on her tricycle in a dreary Thai refugee camp. In the other – she was clearly in America – the tricycle rested on lush green grass,

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Lincoln’s Yazidis unite to fight latest battle

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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 […]

October 9, 2014 at 9:51 am

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Welcome: first thing Central Americans 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 […]

October 9, 2014 at 12:06 pm

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