Family literacy program teaches children and their parents

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By Michaela Odens It’s after school, in the library of Roper Elementary, and several pre-schoolers sit on the floor playing with Legos while school-age children play educational games on computers. In the corner, a fussy baby is being bounced in the arms of a young volunteer. Across the room, two women talk about the day’s >

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Refugee mentorship program staffed by UNL students faces volunteer shortage

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By Joe McCarty Every Monday, Lucy Long, a secondary math and English education major at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, spends about an hour mentoring a refugee family, teaching them English and helping them adjust to life in the United States. In the grand scheme of things, it’s a small amount of time. But for Long >

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Asian Community and Cultural Center finds new home but faces higher rent

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By Chasity Blair The Asian Community and Cultural Center recently faced the challenge of moving to a new location within 30 days. The nonprofit has moved into a new home, but now it faces another test: finding money to pay for rent that has doubled. On June 28, the center received notice that the building >

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Technology offers accessible way for language learners to be consistent

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By Riley Bowden Griffith Swidler had taken French classes before traveling abroad last year, but by no means did he speak French.  Not the way French people speak French, anyway.  He learned as much of the language as he could conventionally in a classroom, but as anyone who has learned a second language will tell >

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Sign up for Mosaic email newsletter to receive news and information

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Students in the Fall 2016 Nebraska Mosaic class have launched an email newsletter designed to provide a periodic roundup of news and information for and about New Americans. The newsletter includes international, national and local stories of particular interest to Lincoln’s refugee and immigrant communities. It also includes an update of stories students publish during >

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Karen refugee and mother learns to balance two cultures

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By Molly Chapple Awi Khan Nuam says her role as a mother is a careful balancing act as she raises four sons in a completely new and vastly different culture. But it’s working so far, says Awi Khan Nuam, a Karen refugee who has been in the United States since 2008. She says she is >

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Iraq refugee helps students build friendships with high school club

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By Alexa West The first several years Raghad Alshammary spent in the United States were not easy. As a refugee from Baghdad, Iraq, she experienced bullying, difficulty with language barriers and cultural differences. These tribulations inspired the 17-year-old to help other multicultural students by creating the International Students Club at North Star High School. With >

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Highly skilled refugees face hurdles to practice former professions

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By Justin Perkins It was just after 1 in the afternoon on a Monday, and a steady procession of people and carpools began flowing in and around the Center for People in Need at 3901 N. 27th St. While some arrived to attend ELL classes, and some left toting needed supplies of food and hygiene >

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Prevention is key topic in new health courses for Nebraska’s refugees

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By Flora Zempleni Prevention. That’s the most important part of the health courses that are a part of the new Refugee Support Program, developed by Lutheran Family Services through collaboration with the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Southeast Community College ESL courses. Lea Sheets, a refugee support program coordinator at Lutheran Family Services, said >

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Lincoln volunteers work for weeks to prepare for new arrivals’ fresh start

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By Sophia Tatum It was a sunny, brisk Friday afternoon in October—about 3 o’clock, that time in the afternoon when most people working or going to school are starting to think about their weekend plans. A local group of volunteers standing outside the food court at the Lincoln, Nebraska, Airport were doing the same. However, >

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Strength of heart: Young refugee finds that for him it’s like father, like son

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By Megan McGill Bucm Icaac (strength of heart) In Omaha, Nebraska, David Dep stands in a room full of people.  It’s full of his family and friends and the people closest to him.  It’s not a happy occasion.  The room is filled with tears, mourning and shock. Everyone is distraught, everyone except David. In a >

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Encounter with resettled refugees leads to changed lives all around

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By Megan McGill Rochelle Heimann sits at her cubicle on the fourth floor of Center Mall in Omaha.  She’s been here for only a year.  This office looks very different than the one she had for the previous 10 years. This cubicle doesn’t have an adjustable chair, a sink or any hair products.  The floors >

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When Karen refugees came to Lincoln, they brought a game with them

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By Kollin Miller School has just let out all around Lincoln. Children of all ages are beginning to gather for afternoon games. Games of football, basketball and soccer are played across the city. But behind an apartment complex to the south of Lincoln High School, a different game is played. A ball pops over the >

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Mosaic graphic: Where Nebraska’s refugees have been coming from

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By Sophia Tatum Mass numbers of people around the world are being forced to leave their homes because of unrest in their native countries, so many governments—including the United States—willingly take in these men, women and children who are faced with imminent threats and help them rebuild a new life far away from any danger. >

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Omaha neighborhood association battles to keep its community center

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By Jeff Renken For the past 16 years, the Gifford Park Neighborhood Association has battled Omaha Public Schools to get an elementary school back in the neighborhood. Now in an unfortunate way, their wish might come true. The Yates Community Center lives up to its name by offering a wide range of services to the >

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Yazidis in Lincoln start advocacy organization

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By Rhett Muller For the Yazidi people everything has meaning. From their religious beliefs to daily interactions, everything they do is to create a stronger community for their family and for Yazidis as a whole. With a quick Internet search, you will find a strong connection between Yazidis and Lincoln, Nebraska. Lincoln has one of

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Immigrant finds passion for helping others

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By Eric Bertrand Hugo Orellana has a passion for his work as a bilingual liaison for Lincoln Public Schools. Currently, he is responsible for 300 children enrolled in Lincoln high schools, but that number used to be 600. “For me, it’s fine,” he said. “I don’t see numbers, I see people.” Oscar Rios Pohirieth, a

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UNL panel: It’s not easy arriving as a refugee

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By Mara Klecker Her father got the call at 4 in the morning. It was July 2012, and he was in his home in Latakia, Syria. On other end was a member of the Islamic State. This was not the first foreboding phone call. Her father had been warned before. Earlier in the year, the

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Community

Omaha plans for Syrians at preliminary stage

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By Bailey Neel The tragedy and turmoil has been broadcast around the globe. Millions of Syrians have fled their country because civil war has created an uninhabitable place of violence and danger. More than a third of the population has abandoned the country in hopes of finding something better beyond the borders. Unfortunately for these […]

December 1, 2015 at 4:37 pm

Contributors

Search continues for family history

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By Chasity Blair Where do I come from? Where did my family members come from? The answer: Scottish, English, Indian and Irish, according to my mom. Unfortunately, there are no records that prove this to be true. These vague unproven answers fuel more questions. I don’t know the names of my family members who immigrated […]

October 16, 2016 at 8:46 pm

Our Stories

Arriving with a physics degree, he starts over

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By Rhett Muller When Faris Pirali first started college at the University of Mosul in Iraq, he would have never guessed he would be starting completely over 13 years later in Lincoln, Nebraska. After graduating high school, Pirali began his college career in January 2003, majoring in physics. After one year he decided to leave […]

December 10, 2015 at 12:10 pm

Work

Pastor works to help diverse communities

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By Jeff Renken Father Vitalis Anyanike speaks quietly sitting behind the cluttered desk in the small office at the Holy Name Church’s rectory. Diplomas on one wall face a photo of his former Nigerian home on the other. It’s warm for a November morning in Omaha, yet Vitalis wears a wool top coat. He emigrated […]

December 7, 2015 at 11:59 am

Work

Pastor works to help diverse communities

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By Jeff Renken Father Vitalis Anyanike speaks quietly sitting behind the cluttered desk in the small office at the Holy Name Church’s rectory. Diplomas on one wall face a photo of his former Nigerian home on the other. It’s warm for a November morning in Omaha, yet Vitalis wears a wool top coat. He emigrated […]

December 7, 2015 at 11:59 am

Community

Omaha plans for Syrians at preliminary stage

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By Bailey Neel The tragedy and turmoil has been broadcast around the globe. Millions of Syrians have fled their country because civil war has created an uninhabitable place of violence and danger. More than a third of the population has abandoned the country in hopes of finding something better beyond the borders. Unfortunately for these […]

December 1, 2015 at 4:37 pm

Contributors

Search continues for family history

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By Chasity Blair Where do I come from? Where did my family members come from? The answer: Scottish, English, Indian and Irish, according to my mom. Unfortunately, there are no records that prove this to be true. These vague unproven answers fuel more questions. I don’t know the names of my family members who immigrated […]

October 16, 2016 at 8:46 pm

Our Stories

Arriving with a physics degree, he starts over

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By Rhett Muller When Faris Pirali first started college at the University of Mosul in Iraq, he would have never guessed he would be starting completely over 13 years later in Lincoln, Nebraska. After graduating high school, Pirali began his college career in January 2003, majoring in physics. After one year he decided to leave […]

December 10, 2015 at 12:10 pm

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