Meet the spring 2015 Mosaic reporters

spring 2015

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. >

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Fear reduced, DACA recipient set to renew

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By Kaylee Everly The U.S. immigration policy called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, has helped more than half a million young immigrants pursue an education and economic opportunities. Jessica Jimenez is one of those immigrants. She came with her mother to the United States when she was 4 years old. For most of

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At Job Club, creativity shatters barriers

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By Kelsey Haugen Entisar Kambal, Ram Rai and Bhakti sat together in a classroom filled with sewing machines, scattered art supplies and handmade items. Waiting for the instructor to arrive, they vigilantly worked on their own projects: stuffing pillows, mending clothing and stitching decorative autumn pumpkins. “The teacher Susan very smart,” said Entisar, a

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Refugees find Job Corps key to brighter futures

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By Kathleen Anderson The center is located at 10 Opportunity Drive. It would be hard to think of a more appropriate address. Here, right off of Highway 30 in western Iowa, just up the hill from Western Iowa Tech Community College and three miles east of Denison, Iowa, population 8,387, roughly 260 low-income young people

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A bilingual liaison much more than a translator

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By Maranda Loughlin When Kelley Veselinov studied at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, her grandpa handed her some extra cash. “He said, ‘I want to see you do something with it while I’m alive. Not when I’m dead,” Veselinov said. Veselinov took that money and flew to Europe with a friend from school. She traveled for

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Through music, Karen seeks to take a stand

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By Kelsey Haugen The Karen community has no shortage of musically inclined individuals, but even so, Jester Thakolo is an outlier – in both originality and stamina. He favors nearly blood-curdling heavy metal rock and screamo over the more acceptable genres in his culture: traditional Karen or gospel. And, believing music is more than a […]

December 8, 2014 at 8:25 am


Attacks on Yazidis put lives on hold

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By Sierra Ramsay On August 2, Zeina Kasem, 21, was searching for the perfect wedding dress. In the Yazidi community, couples are officially married shortly after they are engaged, but a large wedding celebration still takes place a couple of months later. Kasem was to celebrate her marriage to Oras Osso, 22, in a traditional […]

January 19, 2015 at 11:19 am


Seeking a past without resentments

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By Sam Egan It can be easy to get lost in history. My Uncle Terry said he has friends whose ancestors emigrated from Ireland. They could spend hours talking about the hundreds of years of military defeats. Righteous anger over systematic oppression by foreign rulers, the loss of a culture and bitter resentments were a […]

February 18, 2015 at 5:16 pm

Our Stories

Hard work on English led him to new life

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By Aaron Bowles When Hadi Pir was young, leaving Iraq was a dream just out of reach. Moving to America was even further from his grasp. Living in Iraq as a Yazidi, a member of a minority religious group of Kurdish people, Pir often thought of what life could be like if he made it […]

December 8, 2014 at 8:47 am

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