In Nebraska, a Yazidi dreams not for himself, but for his family far away

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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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For Mexican immigrant, getting stuck was just the 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

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Welcome may be 1st thing 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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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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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 […]

April 18, 2013 at 4:29 pm


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


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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