Three Yazidi women stay friends through a life on two continents

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By Jordan Tate For more than 20 years, ever since arriving in the United States, Gulie Khalaf, Nia Bakarat and Dilma Hadgis have never been more than a text, a phone call or a Facebook message away from one another. Through their friendship, much like any friendship, they have garnered comfort, strength and laughter. Still >

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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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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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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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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 […]

November 7, 2014 at 2:16 pm

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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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