Work is the constant that keeps this Sudanese refugee moving forward

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By Veronica Vanderbeek Abubaker Khamis, a refugee from war-torn Sudan, arrived in Lincoln, Nebraska, with only one bag of possessions and the suit he was wearing because it was the most important day of his life.  The first question he asked Drew Miller, his case manager from Catholic Social Services, was, “When can I start >

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Tragedy leads to a new aid organization

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By Brittany Schave Restoring Dignity grew out of a tragedy. When Nyadour, a young Sudanese woman who had been living in Omaha, Nebraska, since 2003, committed suicide in July 2012, she left behind her widowed mother and four younger siblings, all of whom struggled to survive in the wake of her death. Hannah Vlach-Wyble had >

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Faith has kept Karen refugee on the move

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By Robert Vencil Saw Khu was born on a pile of leaves on a jungle floor in Burma. His mother delivered him without a nurse, without a hospital, without even a bed to set her newborn on. Khu grew up with his grandparents in a nearby village, his parents too busy evading the Burmese government

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Ordinance changed view of Fremont for some

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By Sam Pimper Valeria Marquez always thought of Fremont, Nebraska, as a great place to raise a family. She believed the peaceful city that she has lived in since early childhood would also be the place where her future children would grow up. Now she isn’t sure that will be possible. The once tranquil town

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Karen students’ site shines light on lives

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By Samuel Egan Karen students at Lincoln High School are telling the stories of their community with a website called Tah Ka Pal, or “Light That Shines.” The students who shoot, record, write and edit the content for the blog are refugees. Many were born in refugee camps. Some of their families fled their homes

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Asian Center presents ‘Women’s Voices’

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By Kayla Crowder On one of the first warm days of the season, more than 30 people came to Lincoln, Nebraska’s Asian Community and Cultural Center for a “lunch and learn” event, to hear stories from three brave refugee women. The event, called Women’s Voices, was the first event sponsored by the Center’s Young Women’s

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Center works to make dreams come true

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By Madison Bell Every day, as Khaleed Haji sweeps the floors of a retirement home, he imagines he is still teaching Kurdish, English and science to high school students in Baghdad, Iraq. He wasn’t fluent in English, but even before he arrived in America he knew the language fairly well. Now, as a refugee living […]

April 20, 2015 at 3:45 pm


Lincoln Yazidis seek own TV channel

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By Emily Rust They’re creating a voice for the voiceless. Lincoln, Nebraska, is home to the largest Yazidi community in the United States, and for the first time, this community has a chance of having a unique television channel focused on them. In 2014, 4Sem TV (pronounced char-shem) started in Germany through, which focuses […]

April 16, 2015 at 11:28 am

Our Stories

Answers, support on DAPA and DACA

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By Maranda Loughlin Mexican, Central American, Burmese, Karen, Iraqi and Vietnamese mothers sat in the center of a classroom at Elliott Elementary School in Lincoln, Nebraska. Around the classroom verbs and nouns were written on construction paper showing popular words and how to spell them: “Run,” “Walk,” “Mother,” and “Father.” Typically the mothers come to […]

April 25, 2015 at 2:06 pm

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