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Afghani family thankful to have a ‘First Friend’

Posted on May 15, 2015 at 1:48 pm

By Stacie Sikora When Shahen Shah and his wife, Bakaroo Shah, and their seven children moved to Omaha, Nebraska, five months ago from Afganistan,... [READ MORE]


For Karen refugee, the challenge of opposites

Posted on May 15, 2015 at 1:28 pm

By Samuel Egan Khu Htoo is familiar with opposites. He was born in a Burmese refugee camp Aug. 20, 1996. The fighting intensified, so... [READ MORE]


Museums preserve past immigrant cultures

Posted on May 11, 2015 at 11:11 am

By Erika Kime Museums are a place to preserve history, and cultural museums are places to preserve the history of unfamiliar cultures. In Nebraska,... [READ MORE]


Albanian refugee makes determination pay off

Posted on May 11, 2015 at 10:05 am

By Madison Bell Ramush Govori escaped Albanian genocide in Kosovo when he was 14 years old. It turned out to be just one of... [READ MORE]


Foreign-born students discuss pasts, futures

Posted on May 4, 2015 at 1:28 pm

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... [READ MORE]


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

Posted on April 28, 2015 at 10:19 am

Photographs & text by Veronica Vanderbeek When drivers cross into the Nebraskan countryside they see rolling hills dressed in wild grasses, perfect rows of... [READ MORE]


Faith has kept Karen refugee on the move

Posted on April 25, 2015 at 2:25 pm

By Robert Vencil Saw Khu was born on a pile of leaves on a jungle floor in Burma. His mother delivered him without a... [READ MORE]


Answers, support on DAPA and DACA

Posted on April 25, 2015 at 2:06 pm

By Maranda Loughlin Mexican, Central American, Burmese, Karen, Iraqi and Vietnamese mothers sat in the center of a classroom at Elliott Elementary School in... [READ MORE]


Work keeps this refugee always moving forward

Posted on April 25, 2015 at 1:34 pm

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... [READ MORE]


Lincoln Yazidis seek own TV channel

Posted on April 16, 2015 at 11:28 am

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... [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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