Artwork by Alexa Horn
When refugees come to Nebraska, they have fled traumas — war, torture, genocide, persecution, imprisonment. Many experienced equally traumatic journeys in their search of safety.
Yet their first priority in their new country is to meet an urgent deadline: Becoming self-sufficient in 90 days in an often perplexing place where they don’t understand the language, culture or bureaucracy. The clock starts ticking the moment they arrive.
Because of the traumas that forced them from their homes, their often perilous journeys to safety and the stresses of being resettled in a foreign country, refugees often are at risk for emotional and mental illnesses.
This nine-part multimedia reporting project, produced by University of Nebraska-Lincoln journalism students, explore the mental health problems refugees face, the obstacles they must overcome to get treatment and the solutions being offered to help them.