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Iraq refugee helps students build friendships with high school club

Posted on May 6, 2016 at 10:50 pm

By Alexa West The first several years Raghad Alshammary spent in the United States were not easy. As a refugee from Baghdad, Iraq, she... [READ MORE]


Newlyweds not as concerned with older generation’s political conflicts

Posted on April 20, 2016 at 9:55 am

By Layla Younis Galina Martynyuk grew up hearing her Ukrainian grandmother talk disparagingly about Russians. Her grandmother would say things like “Russians stole this... [READ MORE]


UNL Bosnian refugee balances two cultures, different worlds

Posted on April 7, 2016 at 4:19 pm

By Michaela Noble Almedina Bajric was six when she first noticed she was different. She remembers two Mormon men visiting her house in Crete,... [READ MORE]


Strength of heart: Young refugee finds that for him it’s like father, like son

Posted on December 11, 2015 at 2:37 pm

By Megan McGill Bucm Icaac (strength of heart) In Omaha, Nebraska, David Dep stands in a room full of people.  It’s full of his... [READ MORE]


Arriving with a physics degree, he starts over

Posted on December 10, 2015 at 12:10 pm

By Rhett Muller When Faris Pirali first started college at the University of Mosul in Iraq, he would have never guessed he would be... [READ MORE]


In Plymouth, Nebraska, a taste of home

Posted on December 1, 2015 at 9:10 am

By Mara Klecker Jess Wollenburg misses the food the most. The spices, the texture, the different kinds of noodles. She cooks remembered recipes now,... [READ MORE]


Everyone’s talking about Aguek Arop

Posted on November 13, 2015 at 11:34 am

By Megan McGill Fourth Quarter On a corner of 38th Street in South Omaha resides an old white house. It hides behind an old... [READ MORE]


Celebrating a new start in a new home

Posted on November 2, 2015 at 4:10 pm

By Doug Norby Sundos Elias and her family fled their home in Iraq to escape persecution by the group known as ISIS, the Islamic... [READ MORE]


Mother, daughter race to graduate college

Posted on November 2, 2015 at 10:38 am

By Flora Zempleni Lailoma Ayubzai and her daughter, Tamana, are competing to see who can graduate college first. At the moment, Ayubzai is ahead... [READ MORE]


Yazidi teen finds dreams really can come true

Posted on October 31, 2015 at 3:28 pm

By Mara Klecker It’s early afternoon in Sheikhan, Iraq, in spring 2003. Two girls—5 and 7 years old—play in the yard. They run between... [READ MORE]


Community

Omaha plans for Syrians at preliminary stage

By Bailey Neel The tragedy and turmoil has been broadcast around the globe. Millions of Syrians have fled their country because civil war has created an uninhabitable place of violence and danger. More than a third of the population has abandoned the country in hopes of finding something better beyond the borders. Unfortunately for these […]

December 1, 2015 at 4:37 pm

Contributors

Search continues for family history

By Chasity Blair Where do I come from? Where did my family members come from? The answer: Scottish, English, Indian and Irish, according to my mom. Unfortunately, there are no records that prove this to be true. These vague unproven answers fuel more questions. I don’t know the names of my family members who immigrated […]

October 16, 2016 at 8:46 pm

Our Stories

Arriving with a physics degree, he starts over

By Rhett Muller When Faris Pirali first started college at the University of Mosul in Iraq, he would have never guessed he would be starting completely over 13 years later in Lincoln, Nebraska. After graduating high school, Pirali began his college career in January 2003, majoring in physics. After one year he decided to leave […]

December 10, 2015 at 12:10 pm

Work

Pastor works to help diverse communities

By Jeff Renken Father Vitalis Anyanike speaks quietly sitting behind the cluttered desk in the small office at the Holy Name Church’s rectory. Diplomas on one wall face a photo of his former Nigerian home on the other. It’s warm for a November morning in Omaha, yet Vitalis wears a wool top coat. He emigrated […]

December 7, 2015 at 11:59 am

Work

Pastor works to help diverse communities

By Jeff Renken Father Vitalis Anyanike speaks quietly sitting behind the cluttered desk in the small office at the Holy Name Church’s rectory. Diplomas on one wall face a photo of his former Nigerian home on the other. It’s warm for a November morning in Omaha, yet Vitalis wears a wool top coat. He emigrated […]

December 7, 2015 at 11:59 am

Community

Omaha plans for Syrians at preliminary stage

By Bailey Neel The tragedy and turmoil has been broadcast around the globe. Millions of Syrians have fled their country because civil war has created an uninhabitable place of violence and danger. More than a third of the population has abandoned the country in hopes of finding something better beyond the borders. Unfortunately for these […]

December 1, 2015 at 4:37 pm

Contributors

Search continues for family history

By Chasity Blair Where do I come from? Where did my family members come from? The answer: Scottish, English, Indian and Irish, according to my mom. Unfortunately, there are no records that prove this to be true. These vague unproven answers fuel more questions. I don’t know the names of my family members who immigrated […]

October 16, 2016 at 8:46 pm

Our Stories

Arriving with a physics degree, he starts over

By Rhett Muller When Faris Pirali first started college at the University of Mosul in Iraq, he would have never guessed he would be starting completely over 13 years later in Lincoln, Nebraska. After graduating high school, Pirali began his college career in January 2003, majoring in physics. After one year he decided to leave […]

December 10, 2015 at 12:10 pm

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