Dinner brings Yazidis, Lincoln together

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By Elisabeth Arneson On a cool late spring evening, members of the Lincoln community welcomed Yazidi refugees with a dinner at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church at 2325 S. 24th St. About 110 people attended the May 20 event to benefit Yazidis International. Guests were greeted at the door and asked to wear a name tag. >

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Lincoln High School’s foreign-born discuss their pasts, their futures

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By Kaylee Everly This is a story about what it means to be foreign-born. Ten Lincoln High School students give insights into why they came to the United States and what they hope to accomplish here.  >

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Afghani family thankful to have a ‘First Friend’

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By Stacie Sikora When Shahen Shah and his wife, Bakaroo Shah, and their seven children moved to Omaha, Nebraska, five months ago from Afganistan, Bakaroo Shah didn’t speak a word of English. That’s why Shahen Shah, a former U.S. military interpreter, is “thankful and grateful” that Ellana Haakenstad has become a part of their lives.

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What’s ‘Good Life’ mean to new Nebraskans?

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Photographs & text by Veronica Vanderbeek When drivers cross into the Nebraskan countryside they see rolling hills dressed in wild grasses, perfect rows of corn as far as the eye can see, the giant dunes of the great Sandhills and the cherished green tourism sign welcoming them into “The Good Life.” As far back as

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For Karen refugee, the challenge of opposites

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By Samuel Egan Khu Htoo is familiar with opposites. He was born in a Burmese refugee camp Aug. 20, 1996. The fighting intensified, so his family, as many Karen families have, moved to a camp in Thailand. He spent the next 10 years eating rice and beans, surrounded by barbed wire, unable to leave. Today,

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Successfully settled, Yazidi now helps others

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By Emily Rust Below the Sinjar Mountains in Iraqi Kurdistan lies the town of Sinjar. It was once the home of Christians and Yazidis, living harmoniously. Then, on Aug. 3, 2014, ISIS came. ISIS killed the men and took the women, who were given two choices: convert to Islam or die.  Families were displaced. The

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Lincoln Literacy now has ‘whole world’

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By Brittany Schave Lincoln Literacy has worked for the past 40 years, teaching the people of Lincoln to read, write and speak English. The organization started with a small handful of volunteers back in 1972, after hearing Frank Laubach, a Christian missionary known to many as “the apostle to the illiterates,” stop to speak in Lincoln […]

May 15, 2015 at 1:36 pm


Karen build on their self-sufficiency

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By Robert Vencil Burma lies an ocean and more than 8,000 miles away from Nebraska, but the Karen who have fled their old home for their new one are finding they feel right at home here. A civil war that has been raging in Burma for more than four decades has forced a large number […]

May 15, 2015 at 5:31 pm

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Museums preserve past immigrant cultures

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By Erika Kime Museums are a place to preserve history, and cultural museums are places to preserve the history of unfamiliar cultures. In Nebraska, a variety of unfamiliar cultures are being preserved by the museums in Omaha and Lincoln. The American Historical Society of Germans from Russia Museum and Library in Lincoln and the Czech […]

May 11, 2015 at 11:11 am

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