Four flights and 13,000 miles later, a Karen family arrives in Lincoln

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By Veronica Vanderbeek On the morning of February 10, Ah Tun and his family gave tearful goodbyes to their family as they boarded a plane for the first time. The young family was leaving behind the only life they knew and all the people they loved. Three days and four flights later, they would be >

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Iraqi refugees bring chai time to U.S.

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By Jillian Humphries Dishes lay scattered across the day’s newspaper ads. Crumbs sit idle. The biryani and kebabs have disappeared. The hobus, green, onions and tomatoes, too. In the kitchen there is a *click*—and soon water can be heard boiling away in the kettle. It’s chai time. Some cultures may not find tea time, or >

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Sudanese woman does friend enormous favor

Hager Mohamed in her home in Lincoln, Nebraska, on Sunday, March 15, 2015.

By Sierra Ramsay Their mother had passed away just a few days earlier. Now the four Sudanese children sat and waited for a family meeting inside their beige townhouse, a condominium that looked just like the one to the left, and to the right, and ten houses down. Their father and grandmother told them that

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Learning computers in Omaha’s Benson area

Caption for photo 3: Wahlaytoo plays a pacman typing game.

By Brittany Schave Jame Saw, a Karen refugee from Burma, sent an email for the first time in his life this year. The message was simple: “Do we have class tomorrow yes/no?” Amber Barcel, who taught Saw to email, congratulated Saw, as he beamed from ear-to-ear with a smile that made his eyelids crinkle and

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New program allows Central Americans

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By Emily Rust This year, families are forming in Lincoln. For the first time, Central American minors from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, can be granted refugee status through a new program. Established by the U.S. State Department in November, unmarried children under the age of 21 from these three countries are being reunited with

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NET to preview film on Vietnam on March 26

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By Stacie Sikora NET, Nebraska’s PBS and NPR stations, invites Vietnamese Americans, military veterans, students and their families and the Lincoln community to a free preview screening of the Academy Award-nominated film “Last Days in Vietnam” in the Ted Sorenson Theatre at Lincoln High School at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 26. Lincoln is the

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Mexican immigrant moves up rung by rung

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By Sam Pimper Adrian Corral views his entire life as a ladder. It’s been a long climb, slowing ascending one rung at a time, even sliding down on multiple occasions. For Corral, though, it doesn’t matter how many times he has to sturdy his feet and regain his balance. He just keeps climbing. Corral owns […]

March 17, 2015 at 5:51 pm


Karen church acts as center of community

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By Robert Vencil Every Sunday morning at 10:45 a small number of people start to trickle into the basement of the Mount View Presbyterian Church, which sits just one block west of 52nd Street off Hartman Avenue in Omaha, Nebraska.  By 11, its football-field-sized parking lot has about 20 cars sitting in it. Walk up […]

March 18, 2015 at 5:53 pm


Meet the spring 2015 Mosaic reporters

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A new crop of reporters has 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 in such wars as the U.S. Revolution, the U.S. Civil War and the Korean Conflict. […]

October 5, 2014 at 9:53 pm

Our Stories

Hard work pays off for Hastings immigrants

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By Elisabeth Arneson Eighteen years ago, Cristian Perez spent the first two weeks of his life in an Omaha, Nebraska, hospital, watched over by his parents, recent immigrants from Toluca, Mexico. Today he’s a freshman at Central Community College in Hastings, Nebraska, the first in his family to attend college. He is planning to study […]

March 22, 2015 at 11:28 am

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